Heanor school’s dream garden wins Lotto windfall

NRHNBE111125a3sch, Heanor Mundy junior school. Lottery money for school gardens. Harrison Robertson, Abby Duffield, Megan Littlewood and Izzy Randall.
NRHNBE111125a3sch, Heanor Mundy junior school. Lottery money for school gardens. Harrison Robertson, Abby Duffield, Megan Littlewood and Izzy Randall.
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A HEANOR junior school’s dream of creating a community garden has been given a cash boost from the National Lottery.

Mundy Church of England Junior School, of Lockton Avenue, received £9,983 in the lastest round of the Awards for All funding which will enable the school to grow produce, rear chickens and teach outdoor lessons.

The garden will feature six large raised beds with different themes such as recycling and international food.

There will be a fence separating the gardens from the sports field, polytunnels to protect the vegetables, and a shed which will double as a teaching area and a place for the community.

Business manager Leonie George said: “The kids were ecstatic when they got the news! They love being involved in bringing the plans together.

“We have been visiting local farms to get advice and at the moment we’re busy doing the background work.”

The business of digging is due to start in spring.

Headteacher Kelvin Gibbs said: “We already have a school allotment and this seemed to be the next step.”

An important element, he said, was involving members of the community who could pass on their skills to the children and forge greater understanding between the generations.

He added that gardening included different aspects of curriculum from practical life skills, to the science of insulating and fertilising the soil, to the maths of buying seed and selling produce on a market stall.

Earlier in the year the school made a short film as part of an application for a £6,000 grant from the Natwest Community Force Awards and are now waiting for the results.

The second Swanwick Scout Group also received £7,800 for a new trailer, cooker and worktops for the Scout group’s centre.

The school and the scout group were among over 40 community groups in the East Midlands sharing in £345,900 of National Lottery funding from the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All grant programme.

Mick McGrath, Big Lottery Fund Head of Region East Midlands said: “I’m delighted that today’s Awards for All funding is helping out so many different local communities. Anyone inspired by the projects receiving funding today can find out how they can apply with full details on our website, www.awardsforall.org.uk.”

Awards for All offers grants of between £300 and £10,000 to social and environmental projects.