Young people at a Lowton Primary are now able to enjoy the benefits of outdoor learning, thanks to a new ‘Forest School’ which has been created in their playground.
St Luke’s C of E Primary School has seen its outdoor space transformed in recent weeks, creating a space where the children can get hands on experience as they learn about wildlife and nature.
The new Forest School area includes raised timber beds for growing fruit and vegetables, a covered seating
area as well as a ‘bug hotel’ and pond to encourage wildlife.
It was created for the school by a team from Golborne based engineering and construction company, J Murphy & Sons (Murphy), with the children joining in to help with the planting.
Steve Hardaker, head teacher at St Luke’s Primary School, said: “All stakeholders of St Luke’s Church of England Primary School are delighted and overwhelmed by the community support provided by Murphy. We would like to thank them for their innovation, collaboration, integrity and delivery of this outstanding biodiversity project which goes beyond the school and reaches out to all of our community.
“Through this project, we are able to take a huge step to achieving our shared vision to educate the next generation on climate change, lowering carbon living and protecting our local and world environment.”
Murphy has operated from its Golborne site since 1969 and often takes part in community projects like this one. Recent examples include works carried out at Edge Green Common, various improvement works at local schools and supporting the annual Golborne Carnival.
Kay Atherton, Project Manager at Murphy, said: “Our team thoroughly enjoyed working with the community at St Luke’s to create the Forest School.
“To mark Murphy’s 75th anniversary in 2026 we are aiming to engage with 75 schools by 2026 as part of a programme called ‘Murphy Roots’ which aims to support local community projects, plant trees and help to educate the next generation on climate change and global biodiversity issues.
“The children were all very keen to get involved and were a great help getting stuck in and planting up the fruit and vegetable beds!”
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