Pupils at Ropley CE Primary School are enjoying quiet classes and peaceful play in a new multi-use garden funded by money from local developments. 

Last year the school opened a wildlife and spiritual garden to provide an enchanting new facility for its children and added canopies to provide an outdoor learning area. 

Called Norma’s Garden, it is used as a reflective space and an area to play. It has benches which double as games tables, a hut and a small wildflower area.  

The canopies allow small group, one-to-one reading and whole class outdoor lessons even when the weather is bad. 

The funding for the project was drawn from the Community Infrastructure Levy, a scheme that takes financial contributions from local developers and allocates the money to worthwhile community projects. 

In total the garden and canopies cost just over £57,500.