DOZENS of people turned out for the first Groundforce Day at East-the-Water Primary School in Bideford.

They joined forces for a community work day, digging the foundations for what is to become a new sensory garden and outdoor teaching area.

Helpers included children, staff, governors, parents and members of the Princes Trust and Torridge Training Services

When completed, the multi-sensory garden will include interactive instruments, rustling grasses and plants for sound, different textures and surfaces for touch, a scented area and a vibrant range of colours.

There will also be a wildlife pond and different habitats such as a small woodland area and meadow and a secret area for quiet and reading.

Deputy head Adam Buckridge said the garden would be developed in phases and would link in with the school’s gardening club and be used for outdoor learning.

The Parent Teacher Association had raised funds for the project and the school was also looking at grant possibilities, he said.

They were grateful for help received from Tesco, South West Water, Wickes, the Highways Agency, the Princes Trust and Torridge Training Services, he said. They would also be grateful if anyone else might be able to help with provision of plants, shrubs, features such as archways, sculptures and decking, or raw materials.

Anyone who might be able to help is asked to contact teacher Clare Barwick on 01237 475178.