News and Projects that the Trust Has Funded
Making The Most Of The Outdoors With Lindridge Primary School
With spring in full bloom, the pupils at Lindridge St Lawrence CE Primary School have been exploring the unique natural areas created in their school grounds with help from the Kingspan Insulation Community Trust.
Whilst the school has a small but much-loved woodland and garden area, Lindridge St Lawrence CE Primary School was keen to develop these areas into a full Sensory Garden and Forest School. The Head Teacher, Julie Page, explains:
“We aim to give children the best possible opportunities in school and within the local environment, encouraging a healthy and active mind. Along with help from the parents and carers, we wanted to create unique spaces within the school for the children to develop their understanding of the local nature at the same time as increasing the biodiversity of the area.”
The school successfully applied for funding from the Kingspan Insulation Community Trust, receiving £789 to develop the areas. For the garden, new sensory planting was chosen by a horticultural expert to encourage a wide range of insects and pollinators into the area. In addition to being a key teaching area for natural study, science and art, the children have access to these spaces during playtimes if they want some quiet time.
The grant has also been used to buy a variety of special education equipment to support the existing Forest School. Bird, bee and hedgehog boxes have been installed in the area to allow the children to study more creatures in their natural habitat. Junior forest school equipment for the preschool children has also been purchased, including plant pots to allow them to learn how plants grow, in addition to a selection of smaller bird and insect boxes so that the youngsters can observe the wildlife close to their classroom.
Chairman of the Kingspan Insulation Community Trust, John Garbutt, commented on the project:
“Two of the Community Trust’s main aims are encouraging biodiversity and the conservation of our natural environment. Therefore, we were thrilled to be able to help a local school, which was already dedicated to expanding their pupil’s experience and appreciation of the natural environment, develop their offering.”