A team of helpers from Lynn’s Learning Resources have rolled up their sleeves and renovated a pond and wildlife area at North Wootton Community School.
The official unveiling was carried out by managing director of Learning Resources, Dennis Blackmore, and head teacher Jonathan Williams on Tuesday.
The need for a renovation project was first proposed by former North Wootton teacher, Joanne Moore, who joined Learning Resources’ product development team in May.
Work on the nature area, including the old school pond, began in August, with various members of staff from the educational toy and learning aid company pitching in to give the original site a makeover.
After first clearing the area, volunteers refilled the pond and added new plants, refurbished the viewing platform with new decking and laid down three paved areas for benches.
Mr Blackmore said: “It’s great to see the children enjoying learning about nature through hands-on activities. When Joanne suggested this restoration project we all saw it as an ideal opportunity to give something back to our local community. I’m very proud of how my team have responded to the challenge taking time from their busy jobs and giving up their own spare time to get the job done.”
Jon More, head of operations, for Learning Resources, said: “The area looked quite run-down and unattractive when we first started the project and the team at Learning Resources has worked really hard to make the area a more useable facility. We hope that by transforming the ground into somewhere children can enjoy, it will also increase their interest in learning about nature and the wider environment. “Ponds are a great way to see lots of local wildlife and also offer a relaxing place for children to sit and reflect.”
The new nature area and pond will join the allotment, two playgrounds with trim trails and the Jubilee Garden as a place for pupils to enjoy outside the classroom.
As well as the renovation work, the company, based in Bergen Way, North Lynn, has also donated a range of nature-themed teaching products, including Jumbo Bug Jars and Magnifier Sets, as well as Viewscope’s and Seascope’s from their popular Primary Science and Geosafari ranges.