Normanton Park gets makeover

Published 24 July 2014


Youngsters from a school in Normanton celebrated with a picnic and games after spending three months helping a group of local residents improve Haw Hill park.

Year five and six pupils from Normanton Common School worked with Friends of Haw Hill Park and WDH to carry out work as part of a community project. Over six sessions the pupils helped improve the park by removing weeds to clear pathways, making and placing ‘insect hotels’, and creating a stumpery –impregnated with fungi to encourage more diverse wildlife in the area. 

The project was arranged after Dave Sandham, Chair of Friends of Haw Hill park, was awarded a £300 grant by Normanton Council. He contacted Claire Secker, a Tenant Involvement Officer at WDH, who put the group in touch with the school.

Claire Secker said: “The work that’s been carried out is brilliant. The project hasn’t just encouraged local children to take care of their community; it’s given them any opportunity to experience more hands-on work, which many have excelled at. Now that a connection has been made between Dave and the school, hopefully they’ll be able to work together in the future to do more great work.” 

 Dave Sandham said: “This is the first time we’ve worked with the school on one of our projects, and the pupils have done a fantastic job.”

Shanne Evans, Learning Mentor at Normanton Common School, said: “Most of the children who helped out are from the local area, and so will visit the park regularly. The project has given them new skills and taught them about the importance about looking after the local community.”


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