School pond brought back to life

A team of volunteers has helped to revamp the overgrown wildlife pond at Bitterne Manor Primary School.


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On Friday (October 14), the whole school will thank young people from the Prince`s Trust who have spent days clearing weeds and re-shaping what had turned into more of a swamp than a environmental study area.

The project came about after one of the school`s parents, David Farr, contacted the Trust for help. Within weeks, twenty young volunteers had agreed to get their hands dirty to transform the unkempt pond in Quayside Road into a haven for both pupils and animals.

The children contributed by drawing up plans for their ideal pond area, which have inspired the final design. And local businesses have contributed around Ł300 towards the work.

Headteacher Christine Bulmer said: "We are thrilled with the work that the Princes Trust have undertaken. We know that both present and future pupils at Bitterne Manor will benefit greatly from this fantastic project for many years to come."

On Friday, the volunteers hope to have the main part of the revamp work completed and will gather with the school community for a grand opening ceremony.

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