As part of the Children’s Country House we are redeveloping our garden to create an immersive children’s garden experience, designed with children, for children. Sudbury’s new garden will combine high horticulture, child-led design, playfulness and multi-sensory experiences. Ensuring access for all and environmentally sustainable approaches will be central to everything we do.
This year we will be consulting with children and young people to find out what they want the future Children’s Country House Garden to look like, feel like and include.
The consultation kicked off this February half term where the team were in the boat house (then in the learning room, because of bad weather) to ask key questions:
- What do you like about Sudbury Garden?
- What do you dislike about Sudbury Garden?
- Why do you spend time outside?
- What would you like to see in the future garden at Sudbury?
We explored these questions through drawing, writing, discussions and voting systems. All of the feedback was then culminated into a creative canvas created by live illustrator Jenny Leonard. Jenny joined us for two days and designed two pieces that showcases all of the ideas and conversations we have had with children and young people.
Luke, Head Gardener at Sudbury said ‘It’s great to see the ideas come to life. It’s been a lot of hard work to get to this point, so seeing something tangible that has come directly from children is really exciting. We are looking forward to sharing these ideas with the designer.’
We are holding consultation for the garden throughout the whole of 2020 – keep an eye out for information about our exciting workshops in May 2020.