Enchanting Garden Created with Fake Grass

Creative Uses for Fake Grass

What could you create with fake grass?

A concrete storage area, between classrooms at a primary school in Cornwall has been transformed into a fairy-tale garden with fake grass.  Nansloe school has just received an award for the inspiring project which has created a magical storytelling garden for pupils.

Brightly painted double doors from the playground set the scene, bearing the words “one upon a time.”  The area features a hobbit house, wooden reading tower, mushroom seating area, castle-themed stage, and faux-pond complete with crocodile and bridge.  It is entirely carpeted in fake grass and covered by a glass canopy, with lighting and a sound-system.

The only one of its kind in the Country, the space cannot qualify for best library as it doesn’t have shelves of books.  However, The School Library Association decided it should receive a special commemorative award for its “’compelling contribution to innovation.”

Designed as place where children can immerse themselves in stories, there’s a throne, mini pirate ship and even costumes so they act out their favourites on the stage.  Teachers use the cosy house inspired by J R Tolkien to read to pupils at story time.  Older kids are encouraged to read independently in the fort or at the fairy area.  On world book day, the garden was decorated as a winter wonderland – while children dressed up as characters from C S Lewis classic Narnia series.

The project has captured the hearts and minds of the community.  A great example of what you can do with a big imagination and a little fake grass.

See pictures of the garden on the website

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