Herne Bay students reclaim outdoor learning space


KICK: Children from Briary Primary School with their teacher Lucy Dillon, Sales Contract Manager Jason Foreman from SW Yorke & Sons, Contracts Manager Nick Brandon from Kingsheath Construction and Sales Advisor Sam Casey from Bellway Kent

Pupils at a primary school in Kent have transformed an overgrown garden into a new eco-friendly learning space.

Briary Primary School in Herne Bay has teamed up with homebuilder Bellway to transform a neglected vegetable patch, which had become unsafe after being left unattended during the lockdown, into an outdoor learning space with wooden seating. wood.

On-site staff from Bellway’s Oxenden Park development, which neighbors the school in Greenhill Road, have volunteered to work on the project in partnership with contractors Kingsheath Construction and Yorke and Sons Fencing.

Together, they removed the dilapidated shed and weeded the overgrown shrubs that occupied the area. They also replaced old planters and fences while allowing school children to grow new trees, vegetables and flowers.

During this time, the students planted saplings of 30 different types in buckets, which have now been moved to the garden. The seats and benches that now stand there were carved from the timber of a giant tree that was downed by a storm in Bellway’s Hinxhill Park development in Ashford and built by Lee Rowbottom at Maidstone-based Fellgrove .

Lucy Dillon, a Grade 6 teacher at the school, who started the project to work with Bellway, said: “It’s amazing to see the garden as it looks now, considering it once was covered in thick, thorny brambles before we started this project with Bellway.

“With their help, we have been able to make this area safe again for our students. There is also a lot more space in the garden now that the shed has been removed and the rubbish cleared.

CLEANUP PROJECT: The garden was overgrown and unusable

“In addition to the seats in the garden, Bellway has also provided us with new sports kits, storage boxes, flasks and cups that our students can use in their camping activities. We are also planning outdoor lessons in the garden to teach our children to identify and distinguish different species of birds, insects and plants.

“We could not have used this space for all of these activities without the efforts of Bellway and so we are very grateful to them for volunteering to help us with this project.”


Yasmin Graham, Bellway Kent Sales Manager, said: “We were keen to help Briary Primary School restore their garden as it will make a real and tangible difference to the learning experience of the children who study there and he school is right on the doorstep of our upcoming Oxenden Park development.

“We strive to take an active role in supporting schools near the homes we build to improve the facilities available to local children and this was a wonderful project that our staff and contractors were involved in. C It was also nice to see the giant tree that fell down during storms in Hinxhill Park to be repurposed to create new seats for pupils.”

Submitted by Bellway Homes

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