Derby College Students Complete School Outdoor Project

Mike Baldwin (left) and Cotmanhay Junior School Headteacher Simon Robinson with Horticulture students in the outdoor reading and study area Mike Baldwin (left) and Cotmanhay Junior School Headteacher Simon Robinson with Horticulture students in the outdoor reading and study area

Horticulture and Arboriculture students at Derby College's Broomfield Hall in Morley have brought an outdoor area at Cotmanhay Junior School back to life for the benefit of local children.

The students have surveyed and cleared the overgrown area behind the schools and created a woodland walk to an outdoor reading and study area as well as creating a series of willow sculptures.

Cotmanhay Junior School Headteacher Simon Robinson said: "The students have done an amazing job on this piece of land behind the school – transforming it into something far more useful and aesthetically please.

"They have created a lovely outdoor reading and study space for our children with a wonderful path which makes the area accessible to everyone.

"We are extremely grateful for all their hard work to create this area for the benefit of all our staff and students."

Horticulture lecturer Mike Baldwin who led the project said: "It has been a very busy few months for the students who have been gaining valuable work experience on projects that build up their CVs and also enhance the local environment.

"As well as the Cotmanhay Junior School project we have been doing cultivating and seeding work in Horsley Woodhouse for the Parish Council and creating a tree feature in Vernon Gate in Derby."

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