(UK) Bridgwater: School/autism center open new "sensory garden"

Sept 19, 2022, Bridgwater Mercury: New sensory garden at Westover Green School and Autism Centre

SW England

A BRIDGWATER school and autism centre has built a sensory garden to help support its children with additional needs.

The new Westover Green Community School and Autism Centre garden has play apparatus for children of all ages and abilities to access independently.

The school says children often ask for sensory garden time and are making the most of the fantastic new facility.

Over 85 per cent of the funding came from Access & Additional Learning Needs Inclusion Somerset, a county council initiative….

A Westover Green Community School and Autism Centre statement said: “We are so thrilled with our new sensory garden at Westover Green.

“It has already has made a positive impact on the development of gross motor skills for learners with autism and additional needs in the Autism Centre and across the school….

“The children in the Autism Centre regularly ask or sign for ‘sensory garden time’, which is brilliant because they are happily engaged in physical activity in the outdoors and increasingly communicating their needs.

“The garden has also had a wonderful impact on the children and staff’s health and well-being since being operational as it is such a lovely area outside in the fresh air to spend time learning in….