Support for school’s conservation work
WELLS Blue School PTA (The Friends of the Blue Association Trust) has received £1,500 towards tree planting and conservation work at the school.
It is one of 19 smaller, grassroots charities and community groups to have been awarded grants in the latest round of The Somerset Fund, managed by Somerset Community Foundation. Between them, they will share £20,911.
Blue School PTA co-chair Lorraine Millington said that the grant will be of great benefit to the school and its students: “Earlier in the year, before the pandemic, we asked the pupils what they felt was the most pressing current need of the time and conservation was number one. This passion was shared by both the pupils and the staff.
“There has been little in the way of enrichment activities off-site and outside of the school since lockdown, so we were delighted that the funding gave us the opportunity to work together and help us to redesign and refurbish the conservation area at the school.
“It was important to the pupils that we made sure the area is accessible to all. Our projects also include increasing biodiversity by planting bee-friendly plants, climbers, more trees in the orchard fields, bird feeders, an installation of a clay pond, raised beds, and the refurbishment of the polytunnel. The fruit from the existing fruit trees is often made into apple juice for the local care home for the elderly and the community centre for the homeless.
“Following the coronavirus lockdown this year, it has been good for the pupils’ mental health to be outdoors, and to take part in activities and projects where the emphasis is less academic.
“All of these improvements and activities make an enormous difference to the children’s opportunities.
“Due to the pandemic we’ve seen a significant loss in our usual fundraising this year, so we’re very grateful to Somerset Community Foundation for awarding this grant from The Somerset Fund.
“There are so many good things that will come out of this funding.”