Sharing stories in the garden
Wednesday 27th January 2016 @ 13:39 by Becky Cahill

Pupils at Padfleld Primary are hoping that the winter won’t last too long.

They just can’t wait to get back into the ‘story time garden’ which has cost £12,000 to create.

The pupils are eager to listen to tales in the ‘story time chair’ bought by village company Glossop Carton Print, play on the wooden stepping stones and let the water in the pool run through their fingers.

They also hope to watch the wildlife that flocks in from the field which fringes the Rhodes Street school.

It took around three years to finish the garden – from designing it to building it.

Teacher Fran Winterbottom, who takes a keen interest in the environment, is delighted with the result.

She is more than happy to praise the people who made it happen.

She said: “It’s thanks to Glossop Carton and Print for the story time chair which is the focal point of the garden.

“To the children for their ideas and designs and Rob Kidd of
Arundel Landscapes, our landscape designer.

“He listened so well to our ideas and provided the wonderful all-weather area.”

Fran was also full of praise for the parents and FOPS – the Friends of Padfield School – who had raised £8,000 of the £12,000.

Made from natural materials, the garden is imaginative, can be used in all weathers and will do wonders for local wildlife, the school said.