Lucy Electric’s leadership team collaborated with John Hampden School for a special initiative to create a sensory garden for the pupils. The garden, which was cleared by Lucy Electric last year had been used by a few year groups since for growing strawberries and rhubarb. It’s now been repurposed to provide a serene and nurturing space for children, particularly those who need respite in nature.
The team dug up the planters, painted them and replenished with fresh topsoil, the highlight of the day was the active participation of the children. The schools eco group came down to help with the planting, eager and full of enthusiasm, they joined the Lucy Electric staff in planting a diverse range of flowers and plants within the newly prepared beds.
The collaborative effort between the Lucy Electric team and the students was not only productive but very enjoyable.
With the perfect weather adding to the cheerful atmosphere. Together, they created an environment that would not only provide sensory experiences but also foster a connection with nature.
John Hampden School expressed their heartfelt gratitude to the Lucy Electric team for their generous contributions to the sensory garden project. The donation of plants, paints and the collective manpower invested by the Lucy Electric team were invaluable to the school community.
Beyond the immediate benefits to the students, the sensory garden will contribute to the overall environment of the school. The carefully chosen flowers and plants will attract birds, butterflies, and other creatures, enriching the biodiversity of the premises. This newfound ecosystem will serve as an educational tool, inspiring curiosity and appreciation for the natural world among the students.
By repurposing the existing planters, dedicating time and resources, and engaging the children in the project, a lovely space has been established for the benefit of the school community. The sensory garden will provide a wonderful quiet space, promote biodiversity, and nurture a sense of environmental responsibility among the students.
Over the past couple of years the collaboration between John Hampden Primary School and Lucy Electric has gone from strength to strength. 21st Century Thame are keen to find more businesses who would be looking to work closely with one of the local schools to help the school enhance the environmental learning for the children.
The Thame Business Initiative is a 21st Century Thame project started January 2023).
It’s aim is to engage businesses in the sustainability discussion in 3 ways :
- to showcase what they are already doing and what they are aiming to do,
- to encourage their employees to be involved in local sustainability initiatives and
- to encourage the business to help fund projects being run by the community.
The project has initially been funded by SODC via a South Oxfordshire District Council Councillor Grant 2023.
Lightfoots Solicitors have kindly supported this project to enable us to continue the work further into 2023.