A unique garden and woodland walk unveiling at a primary school

Parents, pupils and staff will gather for the opening of a wonderful new outside area at Smallthorne Primary School.

The quiet reflection area for pupils has been funded by a £10,000 Realise Foundation grant and £7,800 from school funds.

It was built by PM Training apprentices and includes seats, undercover shelters and sensory plants to help children discover more about the great outdoors.

The £17,800 environmental project at the Chetwynd Street school was desperately needed because a previous walkway floor had eroded and become unsafe for the youngsters.

Pupils will be able to use the new natural spaces to learn through gardening, adventure trails and outdoor art projects.

Headteacher Chris Crook said: “An outdoor learning environment enriches the learning opportunities for all the pupils in the school.

“The project has been partly funded with £5,000 of school funds and in the future we are encouraging parents and members of the community to get involved in the maintenance of the woodland walk.

“It will lift spirits in the community and give people the opportunity to work together, creating a sense of pride.”