CHILDREN from Charmouth Primary School have been enjoying their new pond and garden thanks to funding from the local village shop.
Charmouth Stores – part of the Nisa group of independent convenience stores – funded the pond through its Making a Difference Locally fund and the charge for plastic bags, which allows the shop to give something back to the community.
Store manager Maria Tritton designed the pond and garden to replace an overgrown area at the front of the school. She recruited several parents to help her clear the area over the summer holidays and Oaklands Garden Services were then able to create the new pond and garden.
Maria commented: “Oaklands were amazing to slot into our timeframe to have it all done before the children returned to school after the summer holidays. Aston actually gave a lot of hime time for free to get the project finished.”
Mrs Tritton also thanked Westcrete of Axminster, which offered discounted products, Bradfords and all the parents for their hard work.
Maria visited the school last week, where she was presented with a handmade thank you card from every child in the school. There are now fish living in the pond and the children regularly enjoy feeding them.
Headteacher Laura Cornish said they are developing how to incorporate the pond more into their learning.
She added: “School funding means projects like this would not be possible without the support of the local community. Thank you to Charmouth Stores and all those who helped.”