Community unites to give garden at Castle Primary, Mow Cop a revamp (Video)
YOUNG volunteers showed off their horticultural skills when they helped revamp their school garden.
Dozens of pupils, staff and parents pulled on their gardening gear on Saturday as part of a project to transform the outdoor area at Castle Primary, in Mow Cop.
They spent the day clearing weeds from the pond, digging soil and excavating three sections of land at the Mow Cop Road building.
The £1,250 project – which has been funded by the school and Kidsgrove Town Council – will see the creation of an outdoor classroom as well as rejuvenating the current memorial wood and sensory garden.
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Sue Ball, the school's chair of governors, of Sands Road, Harriseahead, said: "We kick-started the process at the weekend and hope to have completed the project in a couple of months.
"This area of land has been unused for quite a while so we wanted to give it all a bit of a makeover so our children can start to use it again.
"They have all been really enthusiastic about it. They have been asking if they can bring spades into school so they can carry on working on it during their break times.
"They are very excited about the finished project and have learned a lot about respecting their community."
The outdoor classroom will be used as part of a Forest Schools initiative which sees children learn new skills in an outdoor environment.
Reception teacher Jo Jones, who will help to run the scheme, said: "Forest Schools is all about being outdoors and being part of a team to carry out certain tasks.
"It encourages children in their social interaction and teaches them about discipline and various day-to-day skills."
Year Six pupil Jack Belcher-Heath, aged 11, of Mow Cop, who helped to clear parts of the school's pond area, said: "I was helping to tidy up and clear away the wood chippings from the ground.
"When I was a little younger we used to use the pond to go pond-dipping and to learn about the different species of wildlife and it was great fun and a good experience.
"We haven't been doing much outside so once it is finished we will be able to."
Year Four pupil Tom Tomlinson, aged eight, of Newchapel, said: "I was helping my mum to clear all the weeds out of the pond and using a shovel to put all the soil in the compost bin.
"I enjoy gardening because I think it keeps you fit. I don't mind getting a bit muddy."
Katie Bailey, aged nine, of Mow Cop, who is a year five pupil, said: "I can't wait until it is all finished so we can start to play outside again.
"A lot of people were trying to clear out the pond but I was trying to make sure the frogspawn was OK."