Cardiff sun shines on Bryn Hafod

BETWEEN torrential rain in the morning and blizzards in the afternoon, the sun shone on the opening launch of the Wooden Spoon Wales Grand Slam Garden at Bryn Hafod Primary School in Llanrumney, Cardiff. The garden was created for pupils at the Bryn Hafod Special Resource base, an LEA special needs class which is housed within the mainstream primary school.

Attended by pupils, teachers and volunteers, the project was opened by Cardiff RFC legend Terry Holmes, with 25 caps for Wales and two British Lions tours.

Wooden Spoon Grand Slam Garden at Bryn Hafod Special Resource Base

Children at the base have a range of special educational needs. These include severe learning difficulties, medical issues, autism, ADHD and speech and language difficulties. Having recently expanded and moved to a new area of the school there was no suitable outdoor area for the children to access safely. The grant from Wooden Spoon Wales enabled the school to create a wonderful new garden area which incorporates an all weather surface, shelter and outdoor play and learning facilities. Many of those attending come from more deprived areas of Cardiff and do not always have the same early learning experiences as their peers from other schools, such as access to outside play in a safe environment. Having access to a safe and fun outdoor environment helps them develop muscle strength, co-ordination skills and self -confidence. Being able to play in a ‘wow’ outside area also encourages their love of the outdoors and will lead to them leading healthier lifestyles.

Karen Pitman of Bryn Hafod Special Resource Base said: “Thanks to the support we received from Wooden Spoon Wales the children now have access to an all weather, engaging outside learning area. Previous to this we had a tiny uninspiring concrete space.”

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