Brick firm donates more than 1,000 bricks for Peterborough school’s garden

From left, pupils Shania, Jacob and Brandon show off their garden design skills to Diane Mundy and Paul Fitzjohn from Hanson's Kings Dyke works.

From left, pupils Shania, Jacob and Brandon show off their garden design skills to Diane Mundy and Paul Fitzjohn from Hanson's Kings Dyke works.

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School children have used bricks made by a Peterborough company to construct their own garden.

Hanson Building Products donated the bricks for youngsters at Sir Harry Smith Community College to build the garden they have designed.

Our new sensory garden is already looking splendid.

Jonathan Digby, Headteacher

Staff at the company’s Kings Dyke brickworks gave the school in Whittlesey more than 1,000 bricks and a dozen large blocks, which have helped them create flowerbeds and allotments in their new sensory garden.

The garden, in which students working in the supoportive skills department can grow herbs and vegetables for communal cookery sessions, was set up to help them build lifeskills and confidence, and to socialise and relax.

Headteacher Jonathan Digby said: “Our new sensory garden is already looking splendid, thanks to the hard work of the children, and we’d like to thank Hanson for their generous donation of bricks and blocks, which has made a big difference towards the project.”

The bricks and blocks donated by Hanson, one of the largest providers of building products in the country, have been used as borders, plantpot holders and arranged into patterns for decorative purposes in the garden, which can be viewed from the school’s main corridor.

Steve Jeynes, plant manager at Hanson’s Kings Dyke Works, said; “When we heard about the garden we thought it was a very worthwhile cause that we could contribute to.

“We’re glad our products have inspired the children to get to grips with gardening and outdoor work.”

Hanson Building Products is a leading multinational manufacturer of a diversified range of concrete and clay building.

The business employs about 5,000 people and has an extensive network of approximately 120 sites, 18 in the UK.