A £15,000 educational facility that was over two years in the planning was been officially opened last week.
Friends of Bramham School (FOBS) have taken an area of unused school grounds, overgrown with brambles, thistles and dead trees, and have transformed it into an Outdoor Learning Area complete with wooden outdoor classroom, an allotment, a pond and dipping platform and a bird hide.
Georgina Mills from FOBS explained that as well as fundraising by group activities, support totalling £8,500 came from a number of local organisations, including the Bramham Community Fund, Diggle’s First Fruits (a Clifford-based charity), the West Yorkshire Freemasons via the Laschelles Lodge in Wetherby, Wetherby Wharfedale Rotary Club, the George A Moore Foundation and The Arium.
“With the money finally in place, a team of dedicated parent volunteers set about the transformation over the past six months,” added Georgina.
“Many days have been spent digging and rotivating very hard soil, positioning allotment planters, laying turf and paths, and planting vegetables, flowers and trees.”
She added: “This project has been two-and-a-half years in the creation.
“We are thrilled that so many local organisations have shared our aspiration and recognised the benefits of this project to the children at Bramham Primary. The level of grant support we have been received has been truly fantastic.”
Representatives of the donors witnessed the grand opening of the facility and children from the newly-established school gardening club showed the visitors the vegetables and flowers they have nurtured and natural creations they have made, including grass snakes and bird baths.
Mrs Kirby, Assistant Headteacher added: “This new outdoor learning area provides all the children of Bramham Primary School with the opportunity to have lessons outdoors – whatever the subject – whether practical, hands on work for a science project, or the chance to map an area in geography, or to be inspired through nature for a piece of artwork.”