School launches mental health garden to let youngsters escape stress

A wellbeing and wonder garden has been created at Elveden Primary Academy. Picture: Lorna Rourke

A wellbeing and wonder garden has been created at Elveden Primary Academy. Picture: Lorna Rourke - Credit: Archant

A school is helping pupils to understand the importance of mental health with the creation of a wellbeing and wonder garden.

A wellbeing and wonder garden has been created at Elveden Primary Academy. Picture: Lorna Rourke

A wellbeing and wonder garden has been created at Elveden Primary Academy. Picture: Lorna Rourke - Credit: Archant

Elveden Primary Academy, in Suffolk, has created the space for youngsters to be calm, quiet and reflect at lunchtimes.

Head teacher Lorna Rourke wants children be able to get away from everyday stress.

She said: "Our new space is full of sensory stations where children can explore smells, textures and sounds.

"We have tee-pees and a lovely reading willow arch where children can get lost in a book too.

A wellbeing and wonder garden has been created at Elveden Primary Academy. Picture: Lorna Rourke

A wellbeing and wonder garden has been created at Elveden Primary Academy. Picture: Lorna Rourke - Credit: Archant


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"We believe in the importance of wellbeing for our children and want them to be provided with opportunities that not only keep their body healthy, but their minds too."

The school also focuses on additional physical activities including a Daily Mile, Skip2bfit and Joe Wicks Workouts.

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Pupils attend the school from the age of five through to 11.

A wellbeing and wonder garden has been created at Elveden Primary Academy. Picture: Lorna Rourke

A wellbeing and wonder garden has been created at Elveden Primary Academy. Picture: Lorna Rourke - Credit: Archant

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