Garden revamp

Pupils from Purston E-ACT Academy are helping Purston Infants to dig out an allotment for an 'outdoor classroom' when the younger students will be able to plant and grow things..
Pupils from Purston E-ACT Academy are helping Purston Infants to dig out an allotment for an 'outdoor classroom' when the younger students will be able to plant and grow things..

BUDDING construction workers are laying the foundations for an interactive play area designed with youngsters in mind.

A role-playing house, friendship benches and a revamped conservation area are just some of the plans drawn up by students from Purston E-ACT Academy to transform an overgrown allotment at Purston Infant School.

High school pupils went armed with spades and saws last week to start work on the Nunns Lane school’s new outdoor classroom.

Lynn Tesh, Purston Infant School headteacher, said: “The lads started in September and they’ve been working in the allotment area and the conservation area at the bottom of the school field and clearing it out. They’re going to put in a role-playing house and friendship benches and planters for vegetables to make it a more interactive area.

“It’s going to be fabulous when it’s finished. The enthusiasm from the boys and the interest it has generated in school has been great.

“The children are in amazement about it.”

The academy students are working with Chevin Housing to gain construction qualifications and hope to finish the play area by Easter.

The conservation area – which will see pathways opened up to form a trail so students can explore habitats and hunt for frogs and insects – is a long-term project.

Academy principal Wayne Parkes said: “Chevin provides construction tuition for our youngsters in years nine, ten and 11.

“Following an earlier visit to Purston Infants we were asked if we could help them and it just so happens that the work they are covering as part of the project can contribute towards their course.”