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Southmead Primary pupils appeal for help to transform "garden of pure mud"

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: March 06, 2014

APPEAL: Children at Southmead Primary School are appealing for donations to help transform their muddy garden into an outdoor exploration area.

APPEAL: Children at Southmead Primary School are appealing for donations to help transform their muddy garden into an outdoor exploration area.

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A BRAUNTON school is appealing for donations after its playground was transformed into a "garden of pure mud".

Children at Southmead Primary School are on the hunt for an array of household items to help transform the back garden into an exploration-based play area.

It follows the completion of a number of new classrooms which has left large parts of the outside area covered in a layer of thick mud.

Alice Coleridge, early years teacher and eco team leader said: "Unfortunately a lack of funding and bad weather has left pupils with a back garden of pure mud.

"As a silver award eco-school it is important for pupils to interact with nature, develop places for wildlife, cultivate food, and support the ethos of reducing, recycling, and reusing.

"Pupils are hoping to create dry pathways, raised beds, seating areas, homes for wildlife, and exciting spaces for explorative play."

The appeal for items follows a series of in-class lessons, teaching the children about the benefits of recycling and how items like tractor tyres, wooden pallets and even old boats and surfboards could be used to transform the garden.

To donate items or to help share your skills and expertise with the children, call 01271 812448 or email admin@southmead.devon.uk.

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