In 2019, a fun, educational garden space designed to inspire outdoor play and learning was opened in Hereford by the Right Worshipful Mayor of Hereford, Councillor Sue Boulter thanks to a grant from the Prime Foundation.
The ‘Home Garden’ at Saxon Hall Community Centre features a mud kitchen with mud and sand, a sensory table, water experiences and raised beds for planting, all within a dedicated, fenced off area.
The Saxon Hall Community Centre is a focal point for the local area and – in addition to the Stay and Play group – is home to holiday workshops, the Phoenix Bereavement service and the Herefordshire branch of the National Autistic Society. In 2018, the Centre applied to the Prime Foundation for funding to create a safe and educational outdoor space for the many young visitors it hosts, to encourages outdoor play and connection with nature.
Funds were made available for this project through Prime’s work developing Hereford Care Home, Brockington House, in partnership with Dormy Care Communities.
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“Outdoor play is really important for the healthy growth and development of a child as it promotes cognitive, physical, social and emotional wellbeing experiences. Our Home Garden project will inspire more young people to embrace outdoor play and explore the natural environment around them, while learning and having lots of fun.”
Donna Kemp, Saxon Hall Centre Manager