The new Peace Garden, was created by us on Friday 7th June, despite the weather, in a ’60-minute makeover’ style of day. Our team, normally experts in jewellery, goldsmithing, Cornish gifts and heritage with our site being home to Tolgus Tin Mill, ditched our visitor attraction for shovels, spades and raincoats. Heads turned in Cornwall Gold, whose senior team were left in charge to serve up coffees, daily specials and practice their hand at gift wrapping, but our team’s efforts have made such a remarkable difference to the school’s community for the many years to come!
Themed around the Egyptian Key of Life, the space provides a place for remembrance, reflection, friendship, calm and peace. With a growing awareness of the importance of mental health issues across all ages, including children, this garden aims to support our community’s wellbeing through providing a safe, secure and quiet place for children to be.
The garden was originally designed by Head Teacher, Mr Hunkin, who when approached by Rachel Little (Marketing Manager at Cornwall Gold), already had his dream hand-drawn onto a notepad, which he’d been holding onto for some time only without budget or time to proceed. Mr Hunkin, comments:
“We are delighted with the efforts of the Cornwall Gold volunteers and parent helpers in building our new ‘Peace Garden’. The children already love the story-telling chair and scented plants, and they are very keen to get started on further planting.
The care and attention taken to produce an attractive and peaceful haven for our children, in which they can explore their feelings and emotions, is very evident. It will be a precious resource for the school for many years to come and the children feel very privileged that so many people have worked so hard on their behalf.
Thank you everyone at Cornwall Gold for making our dream come true!”
Pupils at the school commented:
“I’m looking forward to a nice, calm place to go. I enjoy the feeling of the wood chips under my feet.”.
“I like the signs that tell you to use your senses – especially the painted cans that clink when the wind blows.”
“I like that it is peaceful and a special place to go.”
“If you fall out with your friends, you can both go there together to sort things out. Or maybe something has happened at home and you can go there and think it through.”
“I like the bridge!”
“I like that it has a chair so if you know a story you can tell it.”
“I am looking forward to sitting in the big chair. It will be a nice, peaceful place for talking with my friends.”
“I am looking forward to the water fountain and seeing the ripples.”
Crowan Primary School, embedded in the village of Praze-an-Beeble, remembers a much-cherished Teaching Assistant and Learning Mentor, Mrs. Sarah Dobson who sadly lost her battle against cancer in July 2012. She will be especially remembered by the children with additional needs who she supported and championed tirelessly during her 8 years at the school. Sarah was always very supportive, generous of her time and ready with a smile for times when it was needed most. Many of the families remember Sarah very fondly and will be delighted that the school can, at last, provide a suitable place for peaceful reflection that will serve her memory well.
As experts in craftsmanship, Cornish heritage and what makes a unique Cornish gift, our Cornwall Gold team saw a perfect match of dedication and passion when they visited Crowan Primary School, together with the need for their help! Dervla Jarratt, Managing Director of Cornwall Gold commented:
“The creation of this beautiful ‘Peace Garden’ for Crowan Primary school has been an exciting, challenging and rewarding experience for all on the Cornwall Gold team. I am extremely proud of the dedication and work put in by everyone on this project, especially on the day, despite the severe weather conditions. We feel we really have made a difference by donating this special gift for all Crowan pupils to enjoy both now and in future years to come – a massive well done to all the Cornwall Gold team. Bravo!”
We were struck by Mr Hunkin’s commitment, enthusiasm and thoughtfulness as well as the school’s wholesome, positive approach to each and every child’s learning and wellbeing. With every corner filled from floor to ceiling with children’s work and enthusiasm, we learned that there was nowhere for the youngsters to go should they need time away from the playground games. In light of their loss, plus a range of children’s needs within the school due to personal loss, learning and behavioural needs, the whole team at Cornwall Gold are delighted to provide this special place for Crowan Primary School’s children both for those at the school today and for many, many years to come.
The project was created by Cornwall Gold, together with further support from the school’s community and local donations, on Friday 7th June 2019. Building materials were donated by local businesses, in particular D. R. Building materials in Redruth who kindly provided stepping stones and a beautiful patio, and MacSalvors in Pool who provided plentiful supplies of weed control, trellis and posts. Cornwall Gold and Crowan Primary School would like to send a heartfelt thank you to these businesses for their generous donations.
Making a world of wonderful is what we at Cornwall Gold have achieved, seeing a dream become a reality, helping to bring the best for our community now and for our future.