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Preschool Garden Set For Makeover Thanks To Airport

26 Sep 2012

A green-fingered project that gives young children the chance to grow their own fruit and veg in Stocking Pelham has been boosted thanks to the Stansted Community Fund, part of the BAA Communities Trust.

A donation of over £700 to the Pelhams Preschool will go towards tools and materials to develop an eco-friendly garden for the children to explore and nurture their own produce. The new area will feature beautiful plants and shrubs, raised beds for fruit, vegetables and herbs to grow, a water butt, composting area and a wildlife zone to encourage creepy crawlies and birds to visit the garden.

Established over 20 years ago, the small rural nursery is run by local people working part-time with 32 children from many of the surrounding villages. Tracy Langlois, the Preschool Leader cannot wait to kick off the garden's transformation with the help of the staff, parents and committee members:

"The donation from the Community Fund is greatly appreciated by all the staff and parents at Pelhams Preschool. All the children will benefit from the improvement of our outdoor area and we are very much looking forward to starting our garden project. We're now also looking to raise further funds to pay for a safety surface and an outdoor shelter to enable the children to access the garden in all weathers," said Tracy.

Speaking on behalf of the Fund, Stansted Airport's Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Marcella M'Rabety, said:

"The panel was delighted to be able to support this project. The benefits of children spending time outdoors and learning about the environment are well documented. Additionally, the project will also help children understand where our food comes from and the importance of healthy diet and for that reason the panel voted unanimously in favour of this project."

The Stansted Community Fund, part of the BAA Communities Trust, supports youth, environment and volunteering projects within a 40 mile radius of Stansted Airport. More information on how to apply for a community donation can be found by visiting the website, www.stanstedairport.com.

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