A "reflection garden" has been opened for children in a Dauntsey primary school.  

Situated at the Lower School site of Brinkworth Earl Danby’s CE Primary School, 75 children and their teachers will now have a quiet place to escape "the hustle and bustle of school life". 

It officially opened its gates on Friday, June 17, at 1pm, where representatives from Malmesbury Area Community Trust and RWB Rotary Club were in attendance along with the school’s pupils and staff at the Lower School site.  

The idea was to create a place where children can take a moment to step away from the playground, for the benefit of their mental health.   

The space was also designed in mind of children with specific needs so they can enjoy a sensory-rich environment without worrying about everything else going on around them.   

The school has realised that as they have adjusted to a post-pandemic world that they needed to create a space where they can process their thoughts and remember their loved ones.   

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

This is in addition to it offering an alternative learning environment away from the classroom.  

The garden has been funded through two local charities, a local landscaper and from the school’s fundraising efforts:  

Mrs Laura Hilliard, Headteacher at the school, said: “As we adjust to the new normal, it became very clear to us that our children need a devoted quiet, reflection space outdoors where they can gather their thoughts, take time out or even learn in a new environment.   

“Sadly, some pupils lost someone special during the pandemic, and the school itself lost a much-loved staff member of 12 years – Mrs Oldland – due to cancer last year. As a fitting memorial to Mrs. Oldland who loved our school so much, a bench has been dedicated to her and now sits in our beautiful reflection garden.”  

Tom Windle, owner of Gardenscape and the landscaper behind the project is hoping that it can make all the difference to the children at the school.  

He said: “The past two years have been tough for everyone – but especially for children – which is why I wanted to give up my time and support this project. I’m so proud of what has been achieved and am delighted that the pupils will also have the chance to put their green fingers to use and keep the garden looking as fresh as a daisy!”