King’s Lynn business backs fourth school wild area programme

Best Time. New Wildlife play area being built. Fairstead Primary School Students and volunteers with Nicola Marray-Woods Designer  second front right  and front Left  Glen Rossitar project teacher. ANL-150913-175536009
Best Time. New Wildlife play area being built. Fairstead Primary School Students and volunteers with Nicola Marray-Woods Designer second front right and front Left Glen Rossitar project teacher. ANL-150913-175536009
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Pupils at a Lynn school are starting to explore their new wild play area thanks to a team of volunteers from a town food producer.

More than 20 Mars Food staff, based at the company’s premises on Hansa Road, swapped their normal production line to work with youngsters at the Fairstead Primary School on Friday to help build the new facility.

Best Time. New Wildlife play area being built. Fairstead Primary School Students and volunteers. ANL-150913-175547009

Best Time. New Wildlife play area being built. Fairstead Primary School Students and volunteers. ANL-150913-175547009

The project is the fourth to have been completed by the programme so far this year, following schemes at the Gaywood Primary, Whitefriars Academy and St Michael’s Academy.

And Glen Rossiter, the school’s outdoor learning co-ordinator, said: “It has been so nice for the children to see their vision turned into a reality.

“It will inspire everybody within the school and help us to continue to provide an outstanding education for our pupils.”

The site’s many features include a tree-stump fountain complete with underground pipes that the children can redirect the flow of themselves, a flagpole tent, a birdwatching hide, a den building area, digging pits.

There are also parts that the children will be able to landscape themselves and artist Nicola Marray-Woods, who designed the space, said: “This has been a very satisfying project.

“Everything came together as visualized and now provides the school with plenty of scope for wild play and learning in the future.”

Mars Food team leader Matthew Rayner said the project was also a “fantastic team building exercise” for them.

He added: “We look forward to watching it grow into something even better as the children make it their own.”