St Albans MP is guest of honour at opening of park Street school’s new weather garden

SUN, rain and wind are all welcome at a St Albans pre-school’s new weather garden.

Staff from The Orchid Group in Park Street stopped off at nearby Saplings pre-school in Birchwood Way recently to transform a patch of derelict land outside into a brand new weather garden.

As well as featuring sun, rain and wind zones complete with forecasting gadgets such as hygrometers and anamometers, the high-tech garden also has a mini weather set and TV frame which allows everyone to give weather presenting a go.

The scheme was one of many launched by The Orchid Group, a pubs and dining company which asks its neighbours to nominate local projects that are in need of attention.

The group provided both manpower and �1,000 towards materials, and MP for St Albans Anne Main attended the official garden opening alongside Saplings pupils.

Teacher Alison Mead said that it was a great way to bring the National Curriculum to life and added: “We’re fully expecting the next Michael Fish to come from Saplings Pre-School as the Weather Garden built by The Orchid Group is amazing. It really captivates the children’s imaginations and is bound to inspire our pupils!”