Pupils at one Suffolk school will enjoy a new outdoor space thanks to a big transformation. 

An area of the grounds at St Christopher’s Church of England Primary School, which was previously unused, has been transformed into a welcoming spiritual garden space. 

The project was completed on behalf of the school by Trainee Gunners from El Alamein Flight based at RAF Honington. 

A team of 29 trainee gunners gave up a weekend to lay the garden, which sits beside the school’s reception area. 


The space includes a stone-filled wooden cross amid a soft bark bed and is lined with a newly installed wooden bench for pupils to sit quietly and find a moment of peace.  


RAF Honington Squadron Leader Ripley-Jones said: “Our Trainee Gunners (TG’s) routinely support the local community through a number of initiatives. It provides the TG’s opportunities to continue the ongoing support that RAF Honington offers to the local community as well as develop their teamwork and team cohesion in a different setting.”  

Headteacher Caroline James said the garden is a lovely addition to the school which is part of the Diocese of Ely Multi-Academy Trust. 

She added: “Our whole school community has embraced our wonderful new spiritual garden which has burst into bloom this summer.  

“We are all very grateful to the team from RAF Honington who gave up their time to create this beautiful garden. They have done such a fantastic job. 

“Staff and pupils enjoy spending time in the garden, and we encourage its use as a place to sit, be still and take some time out or simply relax.” 

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