On Monday 13th November, ground works started on the new CHESSINGTON SCHOOLS CAMPUS SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS GARDEN – a joint project between Chessington Community College, St Philip’s School and Ellingham Primary School. The garden will be based within the grounds of Chessington Community College.
The three local schools group have been joined by Chessington Garden Centre and Chessington World of Adventures who will complete the hard landscaping by February half term 2018. This then gives volunteers plenty of time to complete their projects aiming for the grand opening in September 2018 at the start of the new school year.
The concept for the SEN garden came from Tony Mills, Chair of the Governing Body at Chessington Community College who approached Jolyon Martin from Chessington Garden Centre and Simon Burge from Chessington World of Adventures in September 2017 to come together to make the idea a reality. As both companies are celebrating major anniversaries this year they were keen to be involved locally.
Tony Mills says “The Chessington Community Special Education Needs Garden has gained significant support based on the excellent landscape plans from Chessington Garden Centre and Chessington World of Adventures”.
Liberal Democrat Councillor Patricia Bamford says “A sensory garden for the local Chessington community is a great idea, and with the support of local organisations and individuals, it will soon be a reality for our residents”.
Once the hard landscaping is finished by the teams at Chessington Garden Centre and Chessington World of Adventures, we are looking for companies to spend their corporate charity days with us, or sponsor a part of the project and for individuals to just volunteer some time to help. This is an amazing local project, a chance to give back to the community and local school children.
“Can YOU help? It is wonderful to see Chessington Community getting involved in building this local sensory garden for its school community. I am delighted to see local business, organisations and individuals supporting it but we can always do with more” – Kingston Mayor, Julie Pickering.
The project has many elements; from landscaping and planting to willow weaving and bug hotels, from water features to allotments – all with sound, touch, smell and sight experiences. We are now looking for all the help we can get.
“This is a fantastic achievement by the College and local businesses in Chessington. Bringing the peace and fun of a garden into the College is a powerful combination of the environment and education. Well done to all involved.” – Ed Davey MP for Kingston and Surbiton.
Tony Mills says “We have had some great offers already and we are now looking for additional companies to help with this community project”. Help will also come from Love Kingston, YMCA, South Western Railways and Genuine Solutions Group – how about you or your company?
Please see the drawings attached which outlines the plans for the project and two photographs showing day 1 of the ground works.
If you would like further information, or to set up a meeting with your company, please contact –
Tony Mills, Chair of Governing Body
Tracy Dale, Chairman of Chessington PTA
A big Chessington Community Matters thank you to…