A new spiritual garden has been blessed at Sherburn Church of England Primary School.
The garden, which has been planned for some time, has been made possible by generous donations of time and materials from members of the community.
Headteacher Alison Stephenson explained: “We wanted a spiritual garden to give the children a place to go which was quiet and where they could reflect.
“It’s somewhere they can go at playtime and lunchtimes and it’s also used for collective worship as well.”
The garden was created by Daniel Fish, a student from Askham Bryan College who live in the village.
He worked with the school, Askham Bryan and the school minister Rev Joe Kinsella to plan the project.
Benches were donated by the college, Wykeham Mature Trees provided the plants, villagers donated wood chip and Sherburn Forge made a “prayer tree”, which forms the centrepiece of the garden.
Mrs Stephenson said: “It was a real community effort getting the garden together. It’s been an ongoing project and we’ve just started to use it during the Autumn term.”
The blessing ceremony was carried out by Rev Kinsella and parents were invited to attend. The children wrote prayers and read them out to give thanks for the garden.
Mrs Stephenson said: “It was a very special morning. The reaction from everyone has been great - we all love it.
“It’s a nice, quiet place, but there are also activities for the children to do linked to our Christian values.”
One of the activities so far -linked to the value of peace - has been that children have written a prayer on a picture of a dove to hang on the prayer tree.
Mrs Stephenson said: “We’re all so pleased. We couldn’t have done it without the donations.”