Green Schools Sustainability Award 2018 

"Rookery Sensory Garden" 
Nominated by: Joe McCormick 
Rookery School in Birmingham, took a slightly different view to sustainability and created a sensory garden in the grounds of their school. The Garden is a culmination of the childrens efforts to create a place where their senses and wellbeing will be stimulated through the restorative power of herbs and act as a refuge from the hurly burly of the school day.  
One of the main things that stood out from this entry was the desire for the current children in year 6 to leave their legacy for years and years to come.  
Their Sensory Garden was devised by the children wanting somewhere peaceful to go to calm their minds and refresh their senses.  
A competition was held within the school to design the garden, and from 60 students this was shortlisted to 5. The school then invited a local company called Urban Herbs to come along and choose a winner. He also helped with the final design.  
The children helped with the construction of the garden, as well as the planting, maintenance and sustainability of the plants.  
The Garden has become a focal point and also a huge talking point within the local community, with parents and children enjoying the smells of all the different herbs and learning about what they can all be used for.  
This garden really is a special place for the pupils of the school, ensuring that they look after their own wellbeing as well as their very special place.  
Congratulations Rookery School on winning The Community Education Awards "Green Schools Sustainability Award 2018!"  
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