Sight, sound, taste, touch, smell: University College Falmouth
design students collaborate with local schools on sensory
Following the award winning success of Level 3 students at
this year's Chelsea Flower Show, Level 1 students from
University College Falmouth's BA(Hons) Garden Design
course have been collaborating with pupils from Tregolls and
Penair Schools to design a garden with a difference –
an outdoor learning space that appeals to all the senses.
The students and pupils have developed a design for an area
within the grounds of Tregolls School that includes a shelter,
a wildlife pond, willow and bamboo tunnels, a secret beach
and a vegetable plot, as well as wind chimes, artwork, scented
plants, different textures and colours, flags and pipes to
create a sensory and inspirational educational environment
where pupils can find out more about plants, wildlife and
"Designing a sensory garden for Tregolls Primary
School has been such an exciting experience," explained
student, Zoe Weston. "From the off I was impressed
by the children's interest and their ability to articulate
thoughtful ideas," she added. "This has
been a thoroughly worthwhile project and I can't wait
for the ideas to be realised so that the children can enjoy
the fruits of their labour."
BA(Hons) Garden Design Senior Lecturer, Sandra Zivkovic,
concurred that the project had been inspirational and of great
benefit to the students, and commented: "BA(Hons)
Garden Design at Falmouth is all about place, people and environment.
Our emphasis is on designing public as well as private spaces
in response to people's needs. Live projects such as
this provide our students with valuable life skills that will
help them in their future careers. We are delighted to have
had the opportunity to work with the local community in this
way, and look forward to the finished results."
In order to make the sensory garden become reality, Tregolls
School is now lobbying the support of the local community
in the hope that companies will help with the supply of building
materials. Anyone wishing to help should contact Diana Miners
at the school, by emailing email@example.com.
University College Falmouth is a founding partner in the
Combined Universities in Cornwall, a unique initiative to
promote regional economic regeneration through Higher Education.
The CUC has received investment from the European Union (Objective
One), the South West Regional Development Agency, and the
Higher Education Funding Council for England, with support
from Cornwall County Council.
For further information about BA(Hons) Garden Design at University
College Falmouth, please visit www.falmouth.ac.uk/gardendesign,
or contact Admissions on 01326 214382 (for the full-time option)
or 01326 214383 (for the part-time option.)
For further information please contact Jilly Easterby, Head
of Public Affairs, University College Falmouth, on 01326 213792
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in the Combined Universities
in Cornwall (CUC) project, both Phase 1 and Phase 2, through
the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European
Social Fund (ESF). The University College Falmouth is a partner
of the CUC.
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