KIDS has received £85,000 funding from The Nation Garden Scheme to help develop and enhance the potential of our outdoor garden space and facilities across two of our services.

KIDS Basingstoke Nursery, which has recently moved to a new premise and increased its capacity by 30%, plans to add a growing and planting area, specialist outdoor play equipment and a breakout area. Similarly our Wylde Green Centre plan include raised flowerbeds around the perimeter to enable access for wheelchair users, low maintenance sensory area and a playhouse.

Jane Woodhouse, KIDS Basingstoke Nursery Manager said: “It’s fantastic to receive this vital funding to help make the best possible use of the outdoor space we have. It will allow the children to learn more about plants and growing food as well as using the sensory equipment to further their learning experiences.”

The National Garden Scheme gives visitors unique access to over 3,500 amazing private gardens in England and Wales, with money raised through admissions, teas and cakes going to nursing and health charities.

KIDS Chief Executive, Caroline Stevens said: “The support from the National Garden Scheme will help make our gardens more inclusive for disabled children, helping them engage in nature and providing them with play and development opportunities, which they often miss out on. This funding will help us transform the space and have a real impact on the children’s health and wellbeing. We can’t thank National Garden Scheme and its supporters enough."

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