Radlett primary school opens Japanese garden

PUBLISHED: 16:19 25 April 2018 | UPDATED: 16:19 25 April 2018

The Japanese garden at Manor Lodge School.

The Japanese garden at Manor Lodge School.

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A school in Radlett has opened a Japanese garden to help pupils be meditative and improve their wellbeing.

The mayor of Hertsmere cllr Charles Goldstein, chairman of governors David Arnold MBE, mayoress of Hertsmere Gail Goldstein and deputy mayoress of Hertsmere cllr Brenda Batten.The mayor of Hertsmere cllr Charles Goldstein, chairman of governors David Arnold MBE, mayoress of Hertsmere Gail Goldstein and deputy mayoress of Hertsmere cllr Brenda Batten.

The Japanese Garden, called ‘A Space To Be’, was opened at Manor Lodge School in Shenley on Saturday, April 21, by Lord Bichard of Nailsworth KCB. The mayor and mayoress of Hertsmere cllr Charles Goldstein and Gail Goldstein, and deputy mayor cllr Brenda Batten also attended.

The outdoor space, influenced by the Shibumi landscaping principles, is designed to be tranquil so children can practice quiet reflection and mindfulness techniques. It will also be used for outdoor lessons, which is shown to benefit pupils and teachers.

Designate headteacher Alyson Lobo said: “At Manor Lodge, we fundamentally believe that every child deserves a childhood.

“Children have a right to happiness and that can happen if we embrace childhood and allow our children freedom to discover who they are.”

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