Work begins on Leicester School’s Severn Trent Community Fund project!

Wednesday 9th December 2020

Pupils and teachers at Buswells Lodge Primary school in Leicester, have been braving the weather and cracking on with their project supported by the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust, to create and develop a unique outdoor space to explore nature! 

Awarded £10,000 by Severn Trent’s Community Fund, the project aims to improve outdoor areas by creating spaces more accessible for all children, to help them learn about nature and wildlife while encouraging children to develop new skills.

Work began on the eco-project in October 2020 and is due to be completed early 2021.

Sue Heyes, Community Fund Officer for Severn Trent said: “This is a fantastic project, that sees a great collaboration between the school and Wildlife Trust, that will really see this outdoor space come to life!

“We’re so happy that despite the challenges this year has given us, that the project is going full steam ahead and we can’t wait to see it finished early next year. Projects like this are one of the reasons we created the fund, to help bring benefits to our communities, and we know that the children and teachers will gain so much from their new outdoor nature space, that they have been so involved with right from the design process, to the digging!”

Severn Trent launched its Community Fund in January this year, and aims to donate £10 million over the next five years to community groups and projects across it’s whole region.

This year alone, the Community Fund has supported 15 projects across the Leicestershire area.

Scott Fewster, Headteacher at Buswells Lodge Primary School, said: “I am very proud of our School Council for achieving the award and am really excited to see how the outdoor learning will be able to take off in our school thanks to this amazing project!

”Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust added: "Creating wild spaces like this in schools is a really important part of our work at Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust. We want the next generation to be excited by nature and understand the importance of protecting it for the future."