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Blyth pupils delighted with school’s new feature

Claire Scott, head of sales and marketing at Ascent Homes, with Marie Dillon and children from St Wilfrid's Primary school.
Claire Scott, head of sales and marketing at Ascent Homes, with Marie Dillon and children from St Wilfrid's Primary school.

A homebuilder has helped pupils to develop a new feature at their school.

Ascent Homes gave its support to St Wilfrid’s RC Primary School in Blyth to create an outdoor project.

Led by teacher Marie Dillon, the Forest School will inspire and motivate children’s learning, offering opportunities to develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning in a woodland or natural environment.

Marie, who was keen to provide an alternative environment for children to develop their knowledge, submitted a bid for, and won, a surplus container from the Port of Blyth to create an outdoor classroom, and she approached Ascent Homes for help with cladding the container in timber so that it blended in with its surroundings.

A willow tunnel marks the entrance to the forest school, and there is a fire circle, den, bird-feeding station, wooden drum kit and a story-telling area.

The Woodland Trust donated tree saplings to ensure there is a leafy canopy for the forest school in the years ahead.

Marie said: “We are very thankful for the efforts made by Ascent Homes in contributing to this project and by giving students the opportunity to get outside and experience nature, bringing learning to life.”

Other organisations that helped with the project include Heighley Gate Garden Centre, Tesco’s Bags of Help, Greggs, Groundwork, the Environment Agency and Willowscapes.