Volunteers transform school’s garden of reflection

October 02 2018
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A SCHOOL’S outdoor space has been given a new lease of life after workers at a nearby housing development gave up some time to transform it.

The reflection garden at Pucklechurch Primary School is somewhere pupils can spend some quiet time to themselves.

But it had become overgrown and unkempt - until volunteers from social housing provider Liverty and contractor United Living stepped in to clean it up.

During a community action day they weeded the garden, painted fencing, repaired benches and planters in time for the start of the new term.

The school’s new head teacher, Alex Capel, said: “We are so grateful to the team for all of their hard work.

“They didn’t stop all day, to give us a much more attractive garden of reflection.

“The children can now spend time in there and class collective worship sessions can take place in an outdoor setting.

“We are really pleased with how successful it’s been.”

The school has now started a gardening club to maintain the garden, helped by donations from the two companies and St Aldams Nursery.

 Liverty and United Living are building 58 affordable homes at two sites in the village: Cable Close and The Moorings.

They are planning further community events in the future. 

Liverty community empowerment officer Marie Burke said: “It was great to see so many volunteers mucking in to help improve a reflective garden at a primary school which is at the heart of the community.”

 United Living community benefits co-ordinator Paula Lunnon said: “We had a brilliant day working with our partners at Liverty to bring the school’s garden back to life and are so pleased that this garden is now going to be used again by the children to support their learning and development.”