Last week Bishop Debbie visited Burseldon Infant School to open their new spiritual garden.
The previously overgrown outdoor space has been funded by community donations, including materials like wood, cement, sand, paint, bird feeders and more donated by Wickes, and was transformed by a group of volunteers into a place where children can enjoy nature, reflect and pray.
Bishop Debbie said:
“People have said this area was a wasteland, and 16 skips were used to clear it, but after a big community effort, it looks amazing.
“I think it’s incredibly creative, and it’s very interesting to hear the children talk about how they will value this space.
“This is a huge opportunity for them to express their faith in different ways and in nature.”
The garden includes a solar water feature, a large wooden cross, a circle of thrones with the school’s ethos written on them (‘Love’, ‘Respect’ and ‘Aspire), a fairy door, a stage and fairy lights in the trees.
Executive headteacher Kerry Stamp said:
“We are so grateful for the time and dedication given by volunteers and staff – it really embraces our vision and values, and I cannot wait to see how the natural beauty will develop over time.
“This space is going to be really vital as we really support, teach and focus on developing our awareness of mental health and wellbeing.”