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Bright sparks build sensory garden at Gayton School

Pic caption: New garden at Gayton Church of England Primary School. UK Power Networks staff: Darren Cheadle, Andy Bowen, David Collingridge, Andy Ing, Jon Stannard, Martin Wright and David Mattliss.
Gayton School Pupils: Enya Colchester, Lily Doughty, Riley Congreve, Daniel Howes and Alice Scott.

Pic caption: New garden at Gayton Church of England Primary School. UK Power Networks staff: Darren Cheadle, Andy Bowen, David Collingridge, Andy Ing, Jon Stannard, Martin Wright and David Mattliss. Gayton School Pupils: Enya Colchester, Lily Doughty, Riley Congreve, Daniel Howes and Alice Scott.

Pupils at Gayton Church of England Primary School can now enjoy a sensory garden thanks to volunteers from UK Power Networks.

A team of seven staff from the energy firm, which owns and operates the electricity networks in the East of England, spent a day at the school preparing ground to create the special area for the children.

They levelled an old pond area at the Lynn Road site, put down a weed-control membrane and safe surface, and repaired fencing. They also created planting areas for the children to grow flowers and vegetables.

Field engineer Darren Cheadle, who is at the Lynn depot, said: “It was a very worthwhile and rewarding day – if a bit of a challenge considering how bad the weather was.

“It made a change from the usual day job and the children were over the moon with their new play area.”

Rachel Greenhalgh, headteacher, said: “The area looks fantastic. The children are thrilled as we let them start using it straight away.

“I can’t believe how much the UK Power Networks team got done in the most dreadful conditions. t really makes such a difference to us to have something like that sorted out so quickly.”

Mrs Greenhalgh said the dreadful weather meant the fence could not be painted on the day but parents are so pleased with the work carried out by UK Power Networks staff on the playground that they are going to paint the school fence this week.

UK Power Networks gives all staff the opportunity to spend two working days each year helping good causes.

 

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