School Garden for Special School, Kent, UK
School Garden for Special School, Kent, UK

School Garden for Special School, Kent, UK

School Garden for St Nicholas Special School in Canterbury, Kent, UK

A sensory school garden with fishing pond, growing area and a place to reflect

An unloved area of the school is turned into a sensory school garden. A large greenhouse, restored and repainted, sits at the entrance to the garden. A new growing area, fully accessible to all students, with raised beds and growing tables make this space the perfect school garden for outdoor learning. A central fish pond and a feature apple tree create pathways that circulate the garden. A raised border to the south is planted with herbaceous perennials and climbing plants left to scramble along the ground and cascade over the edges, softening the treated sleeper ‘walls’.

A hidden circular paved area with benches is the perfect spot for one-on-one sessions, time out or simply a place to read a book quietly or reflect on the day.

The large greenhouse acts also as an outdoor classroom and is fully accessible.