Garden green light for Pontrhydyfen school

17 May 2011

Pontrhydyfen Primary School is bracing itself for the arrival of hundreds of ‘minibeasts’ – or insects – with the creation of a new themed garden. The school’s plan for the sensory garden, complete with a minibeast theme, can now go ahead thanks to a donation from local company Tata Steel.

Children at Pontrhydyfen are looking forward to welcoming minibeasts to their new sensory garden. Photo: Peter Knowles

Children at Pontrhydyfen are looking forward to welcoming minibeasts to their new sensory garden. Photo: Peter Knowles

The garden will contain raised flowerbeds, a quiet area, a music area and an eco-friendly green house that will be created out of collected plastic bottles.

Headteacher Mrs G Jones said: “We are grateful for the contribution from Tata Steel. Until recently the area was waste land, now the whole community has something to look forward to.”

Local people have been collecting materials for the new greenhouse, but the new cash boost will mean they can buy wood, nails and concrete to create the quiet area and outdoor music area for the pupils. The garden will also be open to the rest of the community.

Keith Farron is Community Liaison Manager for Tata Steel. “This project came to our attention through the efforts of School Governor and fellow employee Robert Cross,” said Mr Farron. “It is important that Tata Steel shows support for the commitments of its employees who give up their time helping in their own communities. Pontrhydyfen Primary School is at the heart of this particular community and the self-help recycling and bottle re-use project deserved our support.”

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