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Spaxton School Outdoor Environmental Learning Area

Fund applied for: £5,000

Location: Somerset

3070 votes so far

Project description

Describe your project
The school pond is overgrown, leaks and the wooden jettys are rotten and unsafe. The wooden structure of the School's Pergola was rotten and the canvas roof ripped off. The Pergola was unsafe and has been removed. The School Children have lost access to a valuable outdoor resource which enriched and enhanced their learning. The rural school with limited funds is unable to afford the restoration of this outdoor learning environment. Renovation the Pond and replacement of the Pergola will bring the benefits of outdoor learning to children now and in years to come.

How will your project benefit your local community?
The provision of a Pond and Pergola will enable all the children attending Spaxton School now and in the years to come access to an outdoor learning environment. The children will be able to get up close to different plants, amphibians and insects. This will help with the understanding of the natural world, insight into life cycles and biodiversity. The benefits of observing and identifying wildlife, learning about habitats, lifecycles and food chains will be applicable to all years and age groups at the school. The Pergola will offer a sheltered space to be used as an outdoor classroom. Without it, there is no space away from the hot sun or wet for the children to engage in outdoor activities. There are tables and benches already on the site. The shelter would be able to be used throughout the seasons within school time and after school. The previous Pergola was invaluable to the Gardening Club which was well supported by the children.

Please give details of any support you have from your local community
Spaxton School PTFA is supported on a regular basis by teachers, parents, the local community and local businesses. People have given time voluteering at events and helping out with our school maintenance days. Our local events have been well attended by the local community. Local businesses have financially supported our projects providing donations of money and materials. Some parents have offered assistance with clearing the pond.

How big is your community? And how many people will benefit from your project?
The teachers will benefit from being able to use the outdoor learning area to support their delivery of a diverse and enriched curriculum. There are currently 87 children attending the school who would directly benefit and future intakes of children from the local area will be able to access the benefits of an outdoor classroom. The use of the Pond and Pergola area will be applicable to all years and age groups at the school.

Tell us what you intend to spend the money on.
Pond: Removal of old unsafe rotten structures and clearing pond area. Re-lining the pond. Construction of three jettys to allow greater access to the pond. Construction of wooden fence for child safety. Planting of wetland area (using existing plants where possible) Pergola: Building of a wooden structure over an existing patio area Construction of a solid roof.

When and why was your project founded?
The current pond area has been unsafe for a few years and the rotten Pergola was removed last winter.

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