GREEN-FINGERED staff at SSE Ferrybridge Power Station have dug in at an arson-hit school to transform its allotment back into a garden haven.
Carleton Community High School’s allotment has been out of use and overgrown due to building work at the site since the blaze there nearly four years ago, but now a 16-strong team from Ferrybridge has tackled the weeds to restore the area to its former glory.
David Jones, deputy headteacher, said: “Since the fire in October 2008, one of the areas which suffered during the rebuild was the school allotment, due to the closeness of the construction company’s compound.
“The allotment provides opportunities for students to learn all about growing vegetables and plants, and looking after hens. Unfortunately it has proved impossible to maintain it to the right standard recently due to the lack of access.”
Staff from Ferrybridge put in the extra-curricular hours at the school as part of SSE’s Community at Heart initiative, which allows staff one day off a year to carry out voluntary work in their local area.
Mr Jones added: “The volunteers from SSE really got stuck in and the finished results are amazing. The allotment is now ready for next term when pupils will once again be able to practice their green-fingered skills.
“I would like to thank SSE for this initiative, and the team for all their hard work.”
Mick Gee, station manager, said: “I think the company’s Community at Heart initiative is an excellent way of allowing staff to make a positive difference.”