Oakands School - UK

Sensory garden

Oaklands School provides education for children and young people with severe/profound and complex learning difficulties. This includes pupils with significant physical and sensory impairments, including cerebral visual impairment.

Years: 2008

The ALMT teamed up with Fettes School in Edinburgh, where Angus’s uncle and aunt Barry and Susan Welsh teach, to raise money for a specific project for the school.  It seemed all the staff and pupils turned out for the Fettes Half Marathon on 18th March 2007 and raised a huge amount for the ALMT/Oaklands project. 


Oaklands were in discussions with the City of Edinburgh council to secure a piece of council-owned land adjoining their school to develop into a woodlands play area and make valuable educational extension of their school. The council agreed to grant the school the land to develop on the proviso they received funding to develop it.


ALMT was pleased to give Oaklands a grant to cover the costs for the entirety of the development and this received council support. Oaklands sensory gardens, activity gardens and interactive gardens enable the children to take their learning environment outside. They have a vegetable garden so that the pupils can see some of the food they grow before they cook it in home economics. The are encourages wildlife and Fettes College pupils and staff involve the children with various art-based activities.


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