GREEN-FINGERED youngsters at a York village primary school have helped inspire a new green space to enjoy.

Each year pupils from each class are elected to the school council at Copmanthorpe School and last year they decided  to turn an underused space in the middle of the grounds into a sensory garden for all the children to use to relax throughout the school day.

They organised a competition for all the children to design their ideal sensory garden and they tried to incorporate ideas that will meet all the senses – sound, touch, taste, smell and sight.

Once the winning designs were chosen the hard work started to create the welcoming space, which was transformed by the site manager Chris Elsworth.

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This was all made possible by the funding received from Northern Rail, secured by one of the parents Janine Paige and the Friends of Copmanthorpe also secured funds from Copmanthorpe Parish Council and the ward committee.

Head teacher Jenny Rogers said the children enjoyed hosting the grand opening last week in the autumn sunshine.

York Press: Pupils enjoying the new sensory gardenPupils enjoying the new sensory garden (Image: Supplied)

She said the garden is already in use with not only children enjoying it daily, but also staff have been enjoying having such a beautiful place to enjoy their lunch breaks.

Mrs Rogers said: “It has been a great project for the children to get involved with and they have loved seeing their ideas come to life.”

Chloe, in Year 6, said: “Every child and adult in school painted a stone with an inspirational image.”

Rory in Year 3 said: “They are designed to make you smile when you see them.”

Eli, a Year 6 pupil said: “We chose a variety of plants, including some scented ones such as lavender, honey suckle and mint.”

“There is even a swing,” added Minerva in Year 3.