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Spaxton Primary School awarded £5,000 from Calor to develop outdoor learning area

PUBLISHED: 10:40 24 October 2018 | UPDATED: 10:40 24 October 2018

Outdoor learning area at Spaxton Primary School in Somerset

Outdoor learning area at Spaxton Primary School in Somerset

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"Calor's generosity means that we can provide the children with a much-needed outdoor space to learn, helping to truly enrich their curriculum."

Spaxton Primary School in Somerset is celebrating after being awarded a grant of £5,000 to help develop an outdoor learning area, as part of rural energy provider Calor’s annual funding scheme.

The aim of the Calor Rural Community Fund is to give off-grid communities the chance to gain grants for projects that will improve local life. With a total fund of £50,000, this year the scheme offered funding for 21 different projects, with prize pots ranging from £1,000 up to £5,000.

The Calor grant will be used to develop the current outdoor learning area at Spaxton Primary. Specifically, the removal of unsafe structures and the clearing of the old pond area. Following this, the pond will be re-lined and three jetties will be constructed to allow for better access. The refurbishment will also include the installation of a wooden fence to ensure the safety of the children, as well as the addition of a wetland area and a pergola.

Amanda Wilkins, Volunteer from Spaxton School PTFA said: “The provision of a pond and pergola will allow all the children attending our school, now and in the years to come, access to an outdoor learning environment. Pupils will be able to get up close to different plants, amphibians and insects, which will help with the understanding of the natural world, insight into life cycles and biodiversity.

“Calor’s generosity means that we can provide the children with a much-needed outdoor space to learn, helping to truly enrich their curriculum.”

Paul Blacklock, Calor’s Corporate Affairs Manager added: “As a rural energy provider, we understand that country living can be challenging and access to community facilities can be especially difficult.

“We set up the Calor Rural Community Fund to be able to give something back to these rural communities, and this year we were inundated by a number of deserving projects. We’re delighted to award Spaxton Primary School with £5,000 and we look forward to seeing the pupils enjoy their new outdoor space.

“This year’s scheme was so successful we plan to relaunch it again in 2019, so keep an eye out on our website and social media channels for updates as we hope to be funding more fantastic projects near you!”

For further information, please visit calor.co.uk/communityfund.

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