Nursery garden is taking root

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A NURSERY is making sure its money grows after raking in a cash donation from a bank towards a new garden.

The Tees Valley division of Santander bank has donated £250 and the time of members of staff to the completion of a £10,000 garden renovation at Clever Clogs Nursery, in Hartlepool.

The bank’s relationship director for the Tees Valley, Richard Shuter, and customer implementation manager for the North-East, Victoria Goult, pitched in to help renovate an area of the garden at the nursery’s Throston Grange Lane base.

Mr Shuter and Ms Goult helped to transform the remaining untouched area of the garden into a sensory garden for nursery children aged from birth to five to explore.

The garden has now been transformed into a safe, educational and relaxing space where children can learn about the environment and develop a love of the great outdoors. It now boasts play and educational areas, a vegetable garden where children will plant and later be encouraged to taste fresh vegetables, a number of chalk boards to allow the children to draw the plants they are growing and a creepy crawly log pile which provides hours of entertainment searching for bugs.

 Clever Clogs children can also now enjoy a sandpit, performance stage, playhouse and decking area, imbedded tyres, digging areas and flower potting areas.

 To boost privacy and increase security the metal fencing is now covered in willow and new locked gates have been fitted.

 Nursery owner Andrea Townsley said: “We are delighted to see our garden completed. We have invested a lot of time and money in creating a fantastic learning environment both within and outside of the nursery.”