Tarmac’s Mountsorrel quarry has helped Ashmount School in Loughborough realise its dream of creating a new sensory garden – by making a significant donation of materials towards the project.
The new garden, which is being created in the school grounds, will allow the children to enjoy a wide variety of sensory experiences. Sensory gardens are created to help stimulate and engage the five basic senses of sight, smell, sound, touch and taste, allowing visitors to connect with nature and become more aware of their surroundings. Research shows that spending time in a sensory garden can help enhance wellbeing, reduce stress and calm the mind.
Jason Lewis at Ashmount School, said: “We contacted Tarmac to ask for their help with our new sensory garden project. Within days we had our reply from the team who were keen to help and find out what we needed.
“After a number of emails, the team turned up at the school with lots of wooden poles, sleepers and sheeting. After unloading the wood, we showed them around and they were genuinely interested in the school and our amazing students.
“With what Tarmac has done for us we will be able to build an amazing sensory garden, which will last for many years to come. From all the students and staff at Ashmount school, thank you Tarmac.”
Mick Stevens, facilities manager at Mountsorrel quarry, said: “We are delighted to have been able to help Ashmount school with their project to create a sensory garden on site and look forward to seeing the finished result.”
Ashmount is a school for pupils between the ages of four and 19 with a range of special educational needs. The highly-specialised provision is available to pupils that are recognised as needing more help than is available in other schools. The school’s aim is for all young people to leave Ashmount with a tool kit of skills which will enable them and those supporting them to build the best possible future.