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Green-fingered staff create school wildlife garden

Green-fingered staff from a housing association dug deep to donate time to create a wildlife garden for pupils at a Wombourne primary school.

St Benedict Biscop Primary School was chosen as one of the community projects to benefit from South Staffordshire Housing Association (SSHA) Make A Difference (MAD) Days project.

To celebrate 15 years of the housing association staff, board members and partners are volunteering time and services to benefit community projects across the district, which have been nominated by residents and staff.

Gardening enthusiasts from the organisation donned their wellies and gardening gloves to team up with The Conservation Volunteers, an organisation committed to reclaiming local green spaces, to create a wildlife garden at the school.

Nine SSHA staff spent a day turning-over and sprucing-up an area of land, digging a pathway, ready for the school to plant wild flower seeds and put up bird boxes, donated by community protection group Wild About Perton, and Terry Hunt from The Wombourne Woodshed.

The Conservation Volunteers and SSHA supplier The Landscape Group, both generously donated equipment and materials for the project.

Jan Goode, director of customer services, said: “This is a fantastic project for our staff to get involved in as many of them are keen gardeners and have a passion for the outdoors. We appreciate the importance creating attractive outdoor spaces to be enjoyed by the community.

“It will be lovely for the school to enjoy the benefits of the hard work when the garden starts to blossom in the spring, and we hope that our work here is the start of a real wildlife haven for the school.”

Rosemary Walker, school governor and after-school club leader, put forward St. Benedict Biscop Primary School to SSHA for help with creating a wildlife area in the school grounds.

Mrs. Walker said: “We’re delighted to have been accepted onto the project. The children are now looking forward to having the wildlife area in school which will be incorporated into the curriculum.”

The MAD Days project will see more than 55 staff and board members donate their time to wield a paint brush, grab a spade, or set to with their toolkit, on a variety of schemes.