VIDEO: New school garden to boost ‘spiritual growth’

A ‘reflective’ garden has opened at St Thomas’ C of E Primary School in Boston - giving youngsters an outdoors space to quietly reflect.

The school said the garden, designed by the pupils, gives people the chance to enjoy a peaceful environment for ‘quiet reflection and spiritual growth’.

Archdeacon Dr Justine Allain officially opens the reflective garden with pupils at St Thomas Primary School

Archdeacon Dr Justine Allain officially opens the reflective garden with pupils at St Thomas Primary School

It was officially opened last week by the Arch Deacon for Boston, Dr Justine Allain.

Executive head teacher Helen Richardson said: “The children have worked really hard, they’ve been involved with artists, they’ve been shopping, they’ve been planning and designing and have put in an awful lot of work.”

Dr Allain joined by other church members and Mayor of Boston Coun Paul Kenny and mayoress Pam Kenny, for the cutting of the ribbon.

Pupils formed a line and each read a piece explaining the different aspects in the garden and how it represents part of the Bible’s creation story.

Archdeacon Dr Justine Allain with year four pupil Eleanor Houghton, eight.

Archdeacon Dr Justine Allain with year four pupil Eleanor Houghton, eight.

The garden is walled with mosaic sections and wire sculptures, has a wooden archway entrance saying ‘reflect’. Inside, there are raised plant beds, a herb garden, seating, wooden features and sculptures.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, teacher Clare Flatters said: “We’ve turned what was a forgotten area of the school field into what you see now. The children have come to meetings every Monday and have brimmed with enthusiasm and excitement.

“This project has meant as much to them as anybody and their thrill has been quite infectuous.”