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Volunteers help create new sensory garden at village school

Primary school children in a north Norfolk village are set to have a new sensory garden thanks to volunteers from UK Power Networks.

From Press releases - 19 May 2014 12:00 AM

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Primary school children in a north Norfolk village are set to have a new sensory garden thanks to volunteers from UK Power Networks.

A team of seven staff from the energy firm, which owns and operates the electricity networks in the East of England, London and the South East, spent a day at Gayton Church of England Primary School near King’s Lynn preparing ground to create the special area for the children.

They levelled an old pond area at the Lynn Road site, put down a weed control membrane and safe surface, and repaired fencing. They also created planting areas for the children to grow flowers and vegetables to form a quiet place away from the main play areas.

Field engineer Darren Cheadle, who is based at UK Power Networks’ King’s Lynn depot, said: “It was a very worthwhile and rewarding day – if a bit of a challenge considering how bad the weather was.

“It made a change from the usual day job and the children were over the moon with their new play area.”

Rachel Greenhalgh, headteacher at Gayton Church of England Primary School, said she was delighted with the work the volunteers had done.

Mrs Greenhalgh said: “The area looks fantastic. The children are thrilled as we let them start using it straight away.

“I can’t believe how much the UK Power Networks team got done in the most dreadful conditions. 

It really makes such a difference to us to have something like that sorted out so quickly.”

Mrs Greenhalgh said the dreadful weather meant the fence could not be painted on the day but parents are so pleased with the work carried out by UK Power Networks staff on the playground that they are going to paint the school fence this week.

UK Power Networks, which delivers electricity to eight million customers across East Anglia, London and the South East through its vast infrastructure of overhead power lines, underground cables and substations, gives all staff the opportunity to spend two working days each year helping good causes.