Pupils get back to nature

Thornley Primary School pupils (from left) Nazim Grant, Ash Grant, Jak Wharton and Megan Wall

Thornley Primary School pupils (from left) Nazim Grant, Ash Grant, Jak Wharton and Megan Wall

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PUPILS are looking forward to welcoming a whole host of creatures after creating a wildlife garden at their school.

Children at Thornley Primary School designed and created a wildlife garden and pond as part of a wider project to improve the school grounds.

Bosses at the Coopers Terrace-based school say they were fortunate to win a bid for £10,000 from the National Lottery Awards For All scheme to fund the project.

The garden was also created with help from the Tree Council, the Woodland Trust, B&Q and East Durham Homes (EDH).

Staff and pupils at the school celebrated the launch of the garden and pond with a barbecue for the whole school and invited top local officials to share in their amazing achievement.

A host of volunteers have been invited to plant fruit trees in the garden to improve it even further.

The garden was created after the school won EDH’s Make A Difference Day competition.

The prize saw a team from EDH, Durham County Council, EDH contractor Morrison Facilities Services and MKM Building Supplies donate material and labour to create the school’s outdoor learning area.

The school also sought help from local businesses, community groups and even Durham Fire and Rescue Service, with firefighters filling in the pond.

The school’s deputy headteacher Tracy Page said: “On behalf of Thornley Primary School, I would like to thank the pupils, staff, parents, governors and members of the community whose dedication and hard work has helped to create a wonderful resource which will be of huge benefit to the school for many years to come.”