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Oak Tree Primary School

Groundwork Creswell, Ashfield and Mansfield and Crestra Ltd have been working on a project to improve an existing central paved garden area at Oak tree Primary School in Mansfied, that overtime had become unsuitable and unsafe to use. 

Designed by the Landscape team at Groundwork, the existing spot has been developed into an area where children can learn about the environment and botany whilst enjoying the outdoors, taking Crestra Ltd just three short weeks to install. 
Prior to the work constructed by Crestra, the school's garden area, a small piece of land central to the school's grounds, was not a practical or safe place for the teachers to bring young children. 

Using the space effectively, the garden has been transformed to include timber seating areas, a Japanese garden and planter beds. The garden also included the re-development of the fountain feature and the installation of a resin bonded safety floor. 

Once the construction work had been completed, a launch of the garden went ahead. The event consisted of the 'Eco Warrior' children planting the shrubs with help from the local fire brigade and representatives from The Wooden Spoon Charity who helped to fund the 'I thoroughly enjoyed being part of the planting morning. It was great to see how much the children loved getting involved and how our work has helped give the children a place to learn about botany, the outdoor environment and the commitment to helping plants grow' -
Sophie Easdon, Marketing, Community and Support Officer.

Crestra were on hand to make sure that all of the plants were put in the correct areas to receive the right amount of sunlight and rainfall and compliment the garden alongside putting up the bird and bat boxes creating an exotic feel in the newly developed garden. 

Plants included in helping to transform the garden into a colourful outlook included: 

  • Paeonia Bowl of Beauty 
  • Sultan's Palace 
  • Agastache Blackadder 

The morning was a huge success for the school and enjoyed by everyone who took part.