- Last Updated on 11 November 2016
On 8 October a working party of parents, staff and governors began clearing the wild area and pond with big plans for developing the pond and relaying paths. At the time of starting, the pond had lost its boundaries and the wild area had become truly wild with the possibility of ticks in the grass and no designated paths.
We were joined by a local gardener Tony, Tom and Ruth Pettit, Barbara Rodel, Mandy Marsh. Maggie Meadows, Sam Wright, Wendy Cranefield, Penny Kelly and Vido Nataragen. We were a great team and worked hard clearing the path and the pond (we had a lot of fun too!)...
Ruth Pettit then set to work asking for help from local businesses and community groups and we had an amazing response for our second working day!
On 5 November we were joined by Liam and Steph from the Co-op, Mary, Amy, Anna and Holly from Dunelm, Daniel, Richard and Pino from Bridgeway, Jonathan Shewell-Cooper, Sam Wright, Terri Slade, Mark and Barbara Rodel, Jo Garside, Natasha Williams, Paul Yeomans, Beccie Bridgewater, Ruth, Tom and Naomi Pettit.
The group worked tirelessly all day and managed to re-plant in the pond and pave around it so that the children have a safe place to stand. We relayed paths, lined them and then added gravel.
We would like to thank Ashe Construction for lending us both their tools and manpower, Travis Perkins and John A Stephens for their donation of gravel, wood, wooden posts, cement, tools, manpower, expertise and advice. Our thanks are also due to Colson Skips for their kind donation of a, now full to bursting, skip, Bill Roughton and Iremonger’s Pond for tools and expert knowledge, Mark Knight who looked at the site from a landscaper’s point of view and offered advice. Sophie Blaken and Pat Huxley for wheelbarrows and last but by no means least, to members of Wilford Community Group.
This project is yet another fine example of what an amazing community we have here in Wilford. Lots of people some of whom are closely associated with our school and others less so or even not at all, giving so freely of their time, knowledge and resources to develop an amazing space in which our pupils can explore opportunities to learn.
With heartfelt thanks and every blessing to you all.