Willow tunnel donated by firm

Olivia Healey and Thomas Short
Olivia Healey and Thomas Short

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PRIMARY school pupils have a new addition to their outdoor play area thanks to a kind donation from a local business.

The youngsters at Throston Primary School, in Flint Walk, Hartlepool, are having fun crawling through a brand new willow tunnel.

Staff at the school wanted to install a willow tunnel when they had a new outdoor play area designed two years ago, but unfortunately ran out of money and couldn’t afford one.

But kind-hearted staff at Dawson Landscapes, who designed the play area, have now donated a tunnel themselves.

Andrew Dawson, manager of the company which is based in Cromwell Street Business Park, in Whitby Street, Hartlepool, said: “We have done quite a lot of work at Throston Primary School and I had some willow left over from another job.

“I knew that the staff at the school wanted a willow tunnel so I thought I would donate what I had left so they could have a tunnel in their play area.

“It’s not all about taking at the end of the day, and it’s nice to be able to give something back.”

Sonya Black, deputy head teacher at Throston Primary School, said: “It’s an extremely kind donation from Dawson Landscapes and everyone at the school is extremely grateful.

“The children were absolutely over the moon and they have been enjoying playing in it.

“It’s a fantastic addition to our outdoor play area.”