Northern Saints C of E (VA) Primary School in North Hylton received a greenhouse, weatherproof garden boxes and wooden cold frames, as well as gardening essentials such as gloves, trowels, forks, knee pads and watering cans.
The children will use the garden to grow fresh produce for use in the school kitchen and create an outdoor educational space, including a quiet area for reading and reflection.
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Of the donation, teacher Elishia Cook, director of environmental education at the school, said: “The donations have really sparked curiosity and enthusiasm for gardening and outdoor spaces in our youngsters. The children and the entire school can hardly wait to put the garden tools and supplements to good use.
“The colors will help us attract wildlife and pollinators to help grow wildflowers and edible plants. This is a major area of environmental support, which is a key part of the Eco-Club’s goals this year.
“The school and I are very grateful for the donations and hope to work closely with Esh Construction in the future.”
A spokesman for the school’s eco-club added: “I loved painting the garden and it made me want to do it at home too. I recently planted some vegetables at home which I learned using the tools at school.”
Esh Construction pledged to donate the items as part of their work with Karbon Homes in the College Grange housing development, less than a mile from the school.
Operations Manager Mark Binns said: “It’s great to see the benefits this equipment is already bringing to the school, from allowing young people to get outdoors and engage in ecological activities, to reducing the school’s environmental footprint in the long-term. This donation is another great example of how we continue to support and enrich our local communities.”
Steve Riding, Development Contracts Manager at Karbon Homes added: “Supporting the communities in which we develop is one of Karbon’s top priorities.
“The eco committee will teach students the importance of taking care of our environment and we hope this donation will help as many of them as possible to get involved.”