£1k pays for deck
PUBLISHED: 01:01 21 February 2008 | UPDATED: 08:50 10 June 2010
YOUNGSTERS at St Peter's Primary School are to have a clearer view of their environmental garden thanks to a £1,000 cash windfall. A viewing platform and walkway are to be built in the school grounds which will allow pupils better access to the pond and
YOUNGSTERS at St Peter's Primary School are to have a clearer view of their environmental garden thanks to a £1,000 cash windfall. A viewing platform and walkway are to be built in the school grounds which will allow pupils better access to the pond and bog garden created by parents and local residents.The latest grant will pay for a decking walkway and wheelchair access across the pond, and a viewing platform so pupils can study wildlife in the garden.The build has been made possible thanks to Devon County Council supporting the project, with a £1,000 handout from Budleigh's Councillor Christine Channon's county committee locality fund.Now the cash has been secured, the school is looking for volunteers to help with its plans to include interpretation boards, a bird hide and the planting of shrubs and soft fruit bushes.Headteacher Sally Roberts said: "A lot of hard work has gone into this lovely garden with special big thanks to parents and Tess Stone. "Once the decking and bridge are complete, the garden will be a wonderful experience for all the children."Parent Tess Stone, who helped co-ordinate the project, said: "This money means we can finish off the decking which is really important to get the area open to use safely, which will be fantastic. "The children get really excited to see it, and my passion has been to get children outdoors. A lot of children may not have gardens at home, so having this at school means they are experiencing nature and enjoying outdoor learning." Cllr Channon said: "It's really important to encourage children to enjoy the environment and to understand the wonders of nature. I admire the constructive work the parents and children have put towards this project already, and I would like to think that every child has an opportunity to share in this."To help the next phase of the project, contact Tess Stone on (01395) 445608 or contact the school on (01395) 443167.