A team of volunteers from Anwyl Homes Lancashire have set out to work to help improve the outdoor space at Barton School.

St Mary’s and St Andrew’s Catholic Primary School now has a multi-functional Willow Dome precinct after successfully applying for support via the Love From Anwyl community initiative.

Anwyl’s cast included Amy Lloyd, Alex Hetherington, Chloe Annis, Joseph Weston, and Nathan Burns.

Amy explained: “We wanted to do something more personal by donating our time to create something that lasts and leave a legacy in the community. The school applied for help from the Love From Anwyl Fund to improve their outdoor space and it seemed the perfect project to deliver using the expertise of our team from the different departments.

“To add to the challenge, we completed the project without funding, relying on material donations from our suppliers.”

Survey ENG conducted a landscape survey to assist in project planning. The gravel driveway has been replaced with a mulch donated by GSU Landscapes to provide a natural feel and softer landing for children. The plantations were repopulated with plants provided by WLG Chester Ltd and timber was donated by GW Berry for the construction of new benches.

“We used some lumber to join logs, provided by Westfield Tree Services, to create a circular bench and increase the seating capacity of the willow dome,” Amy added.

“To encourage wildlife in the area, we built wood birdhouses and made bird feeders from old plastic bottles and pots donated by our staff in our Lancashire office. We had plenty of bottles and leftover bird feed and donated them to the school so the kids could make their own bird feeders.” .

Ainsley Signs donated and installed a sign for the Willow Dome area designed by a Year 6 pupil including Class of the Year names – wrens, robins, owls, jays and eagles.

A frame is set up on a planter with a whiteboard for outdoor lessons.

Anuel also donated gardening equipment, as well as seeds for the kids to start a new project this planting season.

Headteacher Sarah Roach said: “The Willow area, thanks to Anouil, is now multi-functional. We use it as a worship area, for quiet reading or relaxing for kids who don’t want to exercise at playtime. Sometimes we take whole lessons from the kids there to enjoy reading a book.” Good.

“The governors love the trellis area, new plants, bird feeders and seating area; new families looking around the school describe it as “beautiful,” and our existing families have been thrilled to see this run-down area turned into a well-used and enjoyable area. We can’t thank Anuel enough For the work done at our school.The team we interacted with were very professional, considerate, kind, and enthusiastic.They really made us feel like they wanted our school to live up to their motto of “Being the best we can be.”

Anuel also donated £2,000 towards the upgrading of the stadium’s signs, which were almost completely gone.

Ms Roach added: ‘Without Anuel we wouldn’t have had the funds to improve the playground markings and simply had to go without her. This would have been hard for us, especially this winter when the school field is unusable so all the children have to be On the playground. Signs now support children in engaging in safe and fun activities with their friends.”

Anwyl’s support for St Mary’s and St Andrew’s Catholic Primary School came through the Love From Anwyl community initiative, which saw £5,000 shared among good causes near the company’s developments across Lancashire including those in Barton, Longridge and Fulwood.

John Grimm, managing director, said: “Anwell is a builder of thoughtful homes. We know we have a part to play in shaping the future of the communities we build in and ensuring they remain places people love to live. The project at St Mary and St Andrew’s is a great example of how we and our suppliers can By helping to make a difference.”

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