A CELEBRITY gardener has paid a visit to a Hampshire school to open its new sensory garden facility.

Charlie Dimmock attended Shakespeare Infant School in Eastleigh on Wednesday morning to officially launch the sensory garden.

Designed to improve the wellbeing of staff and students, the garden gives those involved with the school the chance to experience the outdoors.

It includes an outdoor shelter, a sensory footpath, a raised herb bed, a willow arch entrance, mirrors and a bug hotel.

The pond at the garden also has a pump which is powered using solar panels and a wind turbine.

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Arriving at the school at 10am on Wednesday, Ms Dimmock was joined with project manager, Martyn Shears, children from the school, as well as other adults and volunteers who helped to create the garden.

Speaking on the new facility, headteacher Nikki Wilson said: "At Shakespeare Infant School we're just incredibly fortunate to have the most beautiful school ground.

"The school operational guidelines from the government really encouraged schools to make sure that their children are outside as much as possible, obviously for their own safety but equally for us, that was perfect because we are a school that really see's the potential in learning outside.

"One of the things that we're really keen on is looking at the positives of wellbeing in mental health for our children and our staff."