Pipe dream is now a bloomin’ kids sensation

Connor Jack, with mum Heather, cuts the ribbon to declare the garden open. Pics: FPA
Connor Jack, with mum Heather, cuts the ribbon to declare the garden open. Pics: FPA

A sensory garden - once described as a “nothing more than a pipe dream” - has become a reality for a Glenrothes school.

The tireless determination of parents, staff and supporters of John Fergus School are deserving of all the plaudits this week as they unveiled the result of over three years worth of fundraising.

The newly completed area

The newly completed area

The garden, designed to accommodate the complex and varying degree of needs for the children who attend the school, is set to become an extension to the classroom and a vital new learning resource for all ages.

“It’s just wonderful, I can’t quite believe we’ve actually achieved our dream.” said Pam Kirkhum, head teacher.

“We now have a special place where the children can interact with nature, the importance of which can not be overstated.

“The garden has been specially designed to accommodate children of all abilities and is a space that will continue to develop and grow as the years go by.”

The parent council raised the bulk of the cost - around £17,5000 - through a range of initiatives including bag packs, school fairs, the school’s annual duck race and sponsored walks.

Youngsters ready to blossom all year round

The new sensory garden which has just been completed at John Fergus School in Glenrothes is the result of three years worth of hard work by parents, staff and local community groups.

As well as the £17,500 raised by the school’s parent council, £7000 was also put into the project by the National Lottery Fund.

A number of other local organisations have made sizeable donations to help the school realise their dream.

The garden was constructed with the help of the community payback project with plants supplied by Elmwood College.