Donation to Langney Primary School in Eastbourne

Veolia colleagues in South Downs were recently approached by Langney Primary School in Eastbourne to see if they could assist with helping them develop a ‘Wildlife Area’ in the school grounds. The area had previously been used for keeping chicken and had a wildlife pond but had not been used for over three years and had become somewhat of a dumping ground, however it still had lots of potential.

The school wanted to develop the large over grown space into a ‘Wildlife Area’ that children could use in a safe manner as part of their curriculum. Over two days, volunteers from across the Veolia South Downs contract, in conjunction with the school, transformed an otherwise overgrown area - clearing over three tonnes of rubbish and six tonnes of soil to build a footpath, plant trees, build seating areas, create sign posts and build bug hotels from old pallets.

They also managed to clear the pond for further development and found time to dig over a number of raised beds in the grounds ready for when the school opens again in a few weeks. The area is now going to be used by the children once they return from the Easter break and each year will be allocated an area to further develop, plant seeds and hopefully teach them about wildlife and gardening.

Andrew Burgess, Logistics Manager for Veolia South Downs said: “The transformation that we have been able to achieve has been fantastic and everyone that attended really worked hard. It was especially pleasing that we have been able to see the whole project through and hand something over to the school to now move forward with. Well done to those who attended and supported us and it was a great feeling that the team still has the volunteering bug!”

13th April 2015

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