Overgrown and unused land at Newlands School in Normanton has been transformed into an educational and fun wildlife spot, thanks to WDH.
Their in-house team of tradespeople, Homebuilder, is currently redeveloping the former Ripley Court Independent Living Scheme site with 39 new homes on Dalefield Road, a short walk from the school and offered their support.
The project has transformed a patch of land clearing it of bushes and brambles. Insect boxes, hedgehog houses, benches and four picnic tables have been installed, with schoolchildren from years three to six also getting involved painting planting boxes and laying wood chippings.
Work was completed as part of WDH’s commitment to the nationally-run considerate constructor scheme, which aims to improve the image of the construction industry. The team has also given a building site safety assembly at the school, in which pupils were warned about the dangers of being on a construction site.
Adam Green, WDH Homebuilder Manager, said:
“We’re delighted to be able to support the school and this project is just one of the many things we’re doing to help involve and educate the local community about our plans. The transformation is really fantastic.”
Claire Secker, WDH Tenant Involvement Officer, helped set up the project having previously worked with the school. She said:
“With the potential for schoolchildren to be living in and around the homes we’re building it made perfect sense to see if we could help. The wildlife spot is going to be a fantastic legacy to the work that’s being done in the area.”
Martin Fenton, Headmaster at Newlands School, added:
“I would like to thank everyone for making it a very enjoyable and productive day for the school. This area can be used for many purposes and it’s great to see many of the teachers taking their classes to use it.”