Reiver Homes has helped with the creation of a brand new bee friendly garden at Temple Sowerby Primary School.
The garden will promote the existence of honey bees in Temple Sowerby and boasts a wide range of plants rich in nectar and a variety of flowers for the bees to pollenate.
Local organisations and businesses came together to push the project forward including Buzy Lizzie Garden Design who created the overall design for the garden and Margaret Riches of local beekeeping association Penrith Beekeepers Association who visited the school to talk about the importance of bees to the global ecosystem and offer advice on how to make the garden bee friendly.
In order for the project to begin, a series of large raised beds needed to be removed from the site. Reiver Homes were able to assist using a mini digger, 2 dumper trucks and 4 men to clear the area and remove waste material before foundations were laid.
Reiver Homes also provided a donation of £1,000 to the project to help purchase materials. Sales and Marketing Manager, Emma Martin said, “Temple Sowerby School is located just minutes from our Chapelfield development so when we were asked to support the school with the creation of their new bee garden we really wanted to help. Supporting local communities is really important to us and we hope the pupils enjoy their new garden.”
Following the construction by local handyman Rob Schug, planting was completed with help from parents and enthusiastic support from the school’s gardening club, led by Claire Backhouse.
“The new garden has been a great asset to the school”, explained headteacher Karl Laithwaite. “Our pupils loved getting involved with our gardening club, and now take real pride in what’s growing. They now also have a peaceful area to enjoy at break times.”
After 18 months work the bee garden was officially opened by well-known garden journalist and author Ursula Buchan in the company of pupils, teachers and members of the village community and the Reiver Homes team.
“We’re grateful to everyone from the local community who helped build the garden”, added Karl. “We’re particularly thankful to Reiver Homes for their generous donation and practical help that enabled this project to come to fruition.”
Temple Sowerby CE Primary School is just minutes’ walk from our Chapelfield development in Temple Sowerby which offers a range of 4 bedroom homes for sale in a beautiful countryside setting.
For more information please visit the nearby Brockley Bank show home, open 10.30am – 4.30pm Thursday – Monday at Brockley Bank, Brockley Moor, Plumpton, CA11 9PA or call Jodie on 07971 050114.