A Banbury school is celebrating a generous £5,000 donation from Sanctuary Housing to turn a derelict area of land into a new therapeutic garden.
The funding, from Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, has been given to Banbury Academy, in Ruskin Road, to transform the overgrown area into a welcoming space for the whole school community to enjoy.
Plans for the garden include sensory planting, new seating and a ‘recycled’ greenhouse made out of plastic bottles.
The new-look area will be used as an outdoor classroom and learning space, a place for quiet contemplation and to teach students practical gardening and teamwork skills.
Kate Winstanley, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, said: “We are always keen to support projects that make our neighbourhoods greener and help our residents to live more sustainable lifestyles.
“The plans for the garden are wonderful and will bring such huge benefits for the whole school community. We can’t wait to see the transformation taking shape.”
Elaine King, of Banbury Academy, added: “We’re so excited to transform an area of the site that had fallen into disrepair and been taken over by nature into this fantastic new facility.
“It will make a big difference for our students and we plan to involve them every step of the way, both in the transformation of the space and in the future maintenance and progression of the garden.”
Students will be able to assist with the project during a new after-school gardening club, while there are also plans to run intergenerational projects where local residents can share their gardening skills and expertise.
This project is funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.