Community helps Edwinstowe school save £18,000 in garden project

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A school’s spirit is still clearly alive in Edwinstowe after the community came together for a green-fingered project.

Parents, grandparents and local businesses answered an SOS call to help transform King Edwin Primary School’s community garden.

Grandparent of one pupil, Terry McLaughlin, helped to clear and tidy the wildlife pond and its surrounding area, demolished 13 raised beds and removed more than 230 wheelbarrows-full of soil.

Meanwhile Roy Bowring, owner of South Forest Leisure Centre responded and donated and delivered 40 tonnes of quality top soil.

Richard and Phillip Bradley, of the Manver’s Arms pub in the village, also offered their services using their own plant machine to move the soil into the new beds.

It is thought the actions of the local helpers save the school around £18,000.

Acting head teacher at the school, Emma Haywood, said: “Children, staff and governors would like to thank all of the kind volunteers who have helped to prepare the areas so that construction work could go ahead.

“King Edwin Primary and Nursery School are proud to unveil their regenerated garden areas – the King Edwin Community Gardens.

“The project has been made possible thanks to fundraising support from 
local businesses and the parish council as well as grants from the Big Lottery Fund and the Mansfield Building Society.”