Groundwork staff help Preston pupils get back to nature

Posted on - 22nd January, 2017 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Broadgate, Charities, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Uncategorized, Wildlife and Conservation

Colleagues from Groundwork CLM

Evironmental charity Groundwork spent a day giving the environmental learning area at St Stephen’s Primary School a makeover.

Primary school pupils will now have an outdoor area that they can use and enjoy, with a pond, outdoor classroom, willow tunnels and raised planting beds.

Recently the area had become overgrown and unsafe to use, and so a team of 40 from the Groundwork charity worked together to cut back overgrown tress and shrubs, cleared pathway and repaired the bridge that crosses it to make it safe.

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Groundwork is an organisation committed to encouraging people to engage with and enjoy green spaces and they wanted to take the opportunity at the primary school to make a difference to the local community.

Helen Wright, Headteacher at St Stephen’s Primary School, said: “We really appreciate the support of the Groundwork team.

“They’ve revived our environmental area, which means that our pupils now have a safer area to explore habitats, plant life and the natural world.”

Back row: Headteacher Helen Wright with Liz Quispe and Brendan Cassin from Groundwork. Front row: pupils from St Stephens Primary School.

The school is now planning to work with Groundwork on future planting projects aimed at attracting wildlife to the site to further benefit outdoor educations lessons for pupils.

Andrew Darron, Groundwork CLM’s Executive Director, said: “We are delighted to have been able to help the school.

“It’s really important for people of all ages to have access to green spaces that they can enjoy.

“Having this area within the school is a great way of encouraging children to appreciate their local environment and to take responsibility for its maintenance and development in the future.”

Do you know the Groundwork charity? Does your child attend St Stephen’s Primary School? Let us know in the comments below

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