Mansfield’s Oak Tree Primary School is to revamp an outdoor play area following the award of a £9,975 grant.
The project is focused on developing children imagination, skills and knowledge about being outdoors.
It is the start of many improvements to the school’s outdoor areas and the schoolhope it will also secure them he Eco Schools Award.
Children, staff and other stakeholders in school all helped to shape the bid for the prestigious Big Lottery funding and will continue to be fully involved as the playground develops.
A playground development company, Playline and a local environmental charity, Groundwork Creswell, Ashfield and Mansfield, have been working with the school to develop ideas.
“We are very excited about being awarded this funding and cannot wait for the area to take shape,” said headteacher Sarah Moore.
“We want to involve the children and their parents or carers in using the playground out of school and are looking for inspirational ideas as to how they want to use it.
“We also have a team from Eon coming into school to dig a flower bed and have been donated garden planters by Amberol, a Derbyshire company. If any company or individual is willing to donate child friendly plants to the School then we would be very grateful.
The Big Lottery Fund distributes half of the National Lottery good cause funding across the UK.
The Fund aims to enable others to make real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need.