New garden opens at St Anne’s Primary School

GREEN-FINGERED contributions from across Godmanchester have helped to create a �6,000 community garden.

Residents, pupils and parents paid �3 each to plant a flower in the new garden at the front of St Anne’s Primary School, and turn the plot into a blooming delight.

A team from Frosts Landscapes helped undertook the hard landscaping before planting before. Each donor was able to sign their names in a commemorative book.

The garden, funded with generous donations from Muir Housing Group and British Sugar, was officially opened by Godmanchester mayor Alan Weldon last month.

Each pupil also got a chance to have their say on what should be included in the garden. In a Waitrose Community Matters-style format, youngsters were asked to nominate the feature they wanted to see most in the garden by placing a counter in a jar.

Top of the wish-list was a pond, followed by a solar-powered fountain. A bird box with a web-cam will follow in the Spring.

A wooden circle with painted peddles, which sits in the middle of the garden, was also given a face-lift as part of the refurbishment.

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Headteacher Adrian Shepherd said: “Over the coming years the garden will be used as a place for quiet reflection, a learning space and a sight to lift the spirits of the children and community.”

On the same day a traverse wall was officially unveiled by Councillor Weldon. The �4,000 wall, funded entirely by the the school’s Parents, Staff and Friends Association (PSFA) gives pupils a chance to monkey around without risking injury.

Mr Shepherd said: “Children can start off on the wooden wall and climb around rather than up. The traverse wall was chosen was chosen by the school as the piece of equipment they most wanted to enhance their playground.”