Woodland oasis created for pupils in Ilford
PUBLISHED: 13:00 10 July 2019 | UPDATED: 15:19 10 July 2019
To combat an increasingly "concrete world", members of the community came together to create a woodland oasis for primary school pupils to enjoy.
Staff parents and children joined forces to cultivate a green space at St Aidan's Catholic Primary Academy, Benton Road, Ilford.
The students were consulted on what they wanted in their space and then everyone got to work to make it happen.
Deputy head Victoria Campling said the woodland was a big community project and money was raised through a number of events throughout the year.
Tesco was also a big help and did all the digging out for the space as well as contributing to raffle prizes.
"The woodland area was created to give our children a bit of green space - it is a very concrete world," she said.
"We have a plant area where they are growing things and the children are responsible for looking after it.
You may also want to watch:
"It is also a calm reflection space and prayer space and it can be used for outdoor lessons - there have already been English lessons out there. "
The school opened the outdoor area at its summer fair and extra money made at the fete will be spent on decking it out.
"It has taken most of the year to put together," she added.
"We are still planning on laying some shingles and bringing in some giant beanbags - the last one was the wish of some of the pupils.
"The school is doing well and improving and the space will be great for pupils to enjoy.
"The community really came together to make it happen and I want to say a big thank you to all the businesses that made it possible."
Fullwell Cross Leisure Centre, High Street, Barkingside, also helped the effort by donating spa voucher for fete prizes and Mrs Kajanthan baked a yummy cake to celebrate.