Whitegate Primary School in Clifton has received a garden makeover thanks to a volunteering programme between home improvement retailer Wickes and social enterprise, VIY (Volunteer It Yourself).
Twelve volunteers from the school worked alongside a team of Wickes colleagues from stores across the Midlands to transform the primary school’s outdoor space into a new sensory garden.
This involved building a tyre hopscotch area, a pipe xylophone, a picket fence and a sensory path for the pupils to use during their playtimes and their studies.
This project was supported by several local Wickes stores who donated all the tools and materials required, together with covering the cost of professional tradespeople to act as mentors on the ground.
Imran Younas, VIY mentor said: “It’s been great to spend the day transforming this garden – especially as we were so lucky with the weather.
“We’ve been really creative in making the garden as fun as possible for the children ahead of the summer months.
“It’s also been fantastic for these youngsters to learn some invaluable skills for the future.”
Tarnya Beet, a teacher from the school, said: “We’re really grateful to the Wickes and VIY teams for all their support on this project, as we wouldn’t have been able to achieve as much without them.
“I asked one of the students what their favourite part of the garden is and the response was ‘all of it’, so it’s definitely a winner with the kids.
“Hopefully more of the children can enjoy it over the coming weeks and months.”