PUPILS at a special school in Penarth are set to enjoy a new outdoor space, as a project to create a sensory garden is almost complete.

The new garden for children at Ysgol y Deri has been created by staff and contractors from housebuilders Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes.

The custom design incorporates traditional elements of earth, wind, fire and air, and has been purpose-built for the school.

Ysgol Y Deri supports a wide and diverse range of pupils with specialist needs from ages three to 19.

The old playground has been transformed over the last few weeks and Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes managing director Steve Williams said the teamwork has been tremendous.

“We have had everyone from the directors to technical experts, land buyers, sales teams and a range of contractors and partners joining forces to totally transform this area,” he said.

“They have worked in the hot sun and pouring rain to create something which looks just amazing and we hope the children enjoy for many years to come.”

Mr Williams said staff from the firm’s headquarters in Cardiff and on new developments throughout south Wales had embraced the project and volunteered to get involved in everything from clearing the old site to moving tons of soil, creating the new structures and planting thousands of carefully chosen plants.

Features in the new sensory garden include an amphitheatre, central pergola and tactile areas for the pupils to enjoy and the inclusive and interactive spaces will promote a relaxing, sensory journey for all learners.

Caroline Williams, head of primary at the school said that having a bespoke outdoor area where pupils can use all of their senses will “support their emotional wellbeing” as well as “offer a positive and engaging learning environment”.

There will be grand opening of the new garden on Saturday, May 18, to coincide with the school’s annual Family Fun Day and Taff Trail cycling challenge, to raise funds for students to enjoy cycling safely.