24 Jan 14

Stogursey Primary School gets green fingered 'Helping Hands'

Pupils at Stogursey Primary school, near Hinkley Point, can now explore a brand new outdoor learning environment, thanks to a volunteer programme.

School Governor, Tony Harris, became aware of EDF Energy’s ‘Helping Hands’ scheme through community meetings and felt that his local school would be an ideal project for the company’s volunteers to get involved with, creating a lasting legacy for Stogursey children.

The school had recently acquired a one acre field, which required rejuvenating to create an attractive and interesting environment for pupils. Tony Harris explained: “The four day project was the culmination really of years worth of work to secure the field behind the school and convert it for the children to use. Volunteers undertook activities such as the creation of a woodland trail and 35 raised bed allotments for the children and their families to enjoy. We’re delighted with the results.”

More than 30 volunteer workers from Hinkley Point B & C sites joined the four day project at the end of January as part of EDF Energy’s volunteering programme. This allows employees up to two days of company time each year to help support schemes in the local community.

“We’ve been delighted with the support from local firms such as Greenslades Grounds Maintenance in Cannington and J & G Fencing who have helped us with the required equipment,” said organiser Vicki Dingwall of Hinkley Point C’s Communications Team. “With so many of us living and working in the local area this really felt like a team project and we have all worked together to make this happen. Helping Hands is a fantastic way of supporting our community and we hope to arrange more projects like this in the future.”