An enthusiastic team of nine volunteers enjoyed surprisingly pleasant weather when they improved the wildlife area at Holly Meadows Primary School, in Pott Row.
Volunteers from Mars Food UK, on Lynn’s Hansa Road, totally transformed the school pond, re-shaping the edges to make a gentle slope to the water so it would become more accessible to wildlife and safer for the children.
The scheme not only has the obvious benefits for the school but is greatly enjoyed bythe Mars volunteers who give up their free time.
Holly Meadows was nominated by parent and Mars employee, Mark Affleck, who said: “Working for a great company like Mars, gives us the freedom to help the local community.
“We chose Holly Meadows to help out with their overgrown and forgotten wildlife area to help attract new wildlife for children to observe.”
Holly Meadows headteacher Rachael Williams said: “I am so grateful to the volunteers who have worked so hard.
“It will be so good to see how the pond develops as it is now accessible for us to use it.”
This is the final volunteer day, for 2015, in the Mars Food UK School Grounds Development Programme.
Whitefriars, St Michael’s, Gaywood Community, Fairstead and Norfolk Hospice have also benefited from the company’s support.
The projects have been designed and co-ordinated by artist and school grounds professional Nicola Marray-Woods, who said: “More than 1500 children have had their school grounds improved since March and the feedback has been unanimously positive.
“Whitefriars has more than 60 children a week now using their improved conservation area and the work at Fairstead contributed towards them winning a Lynn News Education Award.
“The volunteers from Mars Food are amazingly hardworking with great team spirit and genuine enthusiasm for the tasks.”