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Newstead Wood School wins £5,000 to create a new wellbeing garden for its pupils

Teachers and pupils of Newstead Wood School stand in the school grounds with gardening implements

The pupils of Newstead Wood School are celebrating after winning a £5,000 Community Award to create their very own sanctuary and wellbeing garden.

The Orpington based school will create the garden for its staff and pupils to enjoy and use for outdoor group work and exercise sessions. The project will lend itself to helping its pupils to achieve their true potential.

The Community Award will fund almost all of the costs of the raised beds, pathways, benches, soil, greenhouse, shed and initial plants, while contributions from the parent teacher association will meet the rest.

Assistant head teacher at Newstead Wood School, Alan Blount said,

“The garden will add to our supportive learning environment by developing an outdoor space to support our pupils’ mental health. It will provide opportunities for our pupils to grow and share produce, and to develop their appreciation of the natural world”

Promoting the message of good mental health is extremely important and one of the grammar school’s key priorities. The wellbeing garden will give the school community a new and valuable resource that can be maintained and nurtured by pupils and teachers for years to come.