Toyota Invests In New Community Environmental Projects | Part Two

Multi-Sensory Garden, St Margaret’s School, Surrey

The multi-sensory garden project involves 40 young people aged five to 19 at St Margaret’s School in Tadworth, Surrey, where the Children’s Trust provides care and teaching for severely disabled children.

At present the site has few outdoor amenities that can be enjoyed by the children, particularly those who use wheelchairs or have impaired sight and/or hearing. The new garden will be built to a design worked out with carers and therapists to provide a wide range of positive sensory experiences. It will be used for formal and informal teaching and therapy, both on a one-to-one basis and for groups.

Raised flowerbeds, planting chosen for variations in colour, smell, texture and movement, seating areas and wheelchair-friendly access will all feature in the completed garden, created and maintained by the project partners, including the Children’s Trust, volunteers and the youngsters themselves. The educational dimension will include alternative energy features, such as wind turbines and solar panels and wide use of recycled materials.

Safe Play Area, Highbank Community Centre, Nottingham

This project, with Groundwork Greater Nottingham will involve around 30 schoolchildren aged nine to 11, helping to turn a drab tarmac area into a safe and stimulating play area. The centre is located on a large out-of-town housing estate and currently has little to offer younger children, even though it is the main focus of the community hosting a wide range of clubs and events.

The creation of the play area will involve principally staff and children from the nearby Highbank School, with direct community help for tasks such as the excavation of the site, stone-laying, planting and joinery. As well as providing funding, Toyota GB will also be offering practical assistance for community events and publicity, linking to the Toyota Training Centre at Nottingham Trent University.

Littleover Community And Environment Group, Derbyshire

This group has acquired a large area of grassland in front of the Littleover Specialist Science College which will be developed for both public amenity and environmental benefit. The site will be relandscaped to create different habitats, encouraging more diverse plants and wildlife, and seating will be installed to make it welcoming to the public. Littleover is an area of high density housing, where much of the green space has been claimed by development during the past 50 years.

Launched at the end of September, the project will involve more than 1,000 schoolchildren, together with other individuals and groups from the local community, co-ordinated by Groundwork Erewash Valley.

Published : 29/10/04 Author : Melanie Carter

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