BEES and butterflies will soon be joining children in a newly-transformed Great Witley school courtyard.

The chapel courtyard at Abberley Hall School in Great Witley, is blossoming thanks to a new design by an award-winning garden designer.

Casper Gabb, a gold medal winner at RHS Chelsea Flower Show and a parent at the school, put together a plan to enhance the space, used as a games area by young pupils at break time.

The design is specifically aimed at being child-friendly, featuring planters with no sharp edges and flowers providing fragrance, texture, colour and interest all year round.

Mr Gabb, who performed an official opening ceremony with some of the pupils, explained that the chosen plants also had the added benefit of attracting bees, butterflies and wildlife and the trees were selected to complement the shape of the chapel windows and provide form and movement throughout the year.

His company, Natural Elements Design, based near Bridgnorth, has worked with clients including Robbie Williams and Andrew Lloyd Webber and his gold medal-winning garden at Chelsea also was also named as best in its category.

The planters he created for Abberley Hall School, made by the school’s design technology department, have been carefully placed to protect children’s heads from the window sills of the chapel.

The whole project is part of the school’s centenary celebrations, with funding for this work being boosted by donations from parents.