Mondial Assistance UK helps transform local school garden

Continuing its support of local community projects, Mondial Assistance UK took a team of volunteers to Woodcote Primary School in Coulsdon to help transform the school’s garden. The team all mucked in to improve the outdoor facilities so that they could be used as a teaching area and enable students to learn away from the confines of the classroom.

The team of 30 volunteers from Mondial had a busy day getting stuck in with tasks such as clearing and weeding overgrown pond areas, re-laying pond lining, building vegetable beds, re-planting flower beds and even building a bug hotel. All the work that the volunteers put in will help Woodcote Primary School get that one step closer to gaining environmental accreditation.

“The garden is looking great and it will soon be the perfect place for students to study in a peaceful and relaxed environment,” says Tim Rome, Head Teacher at Woodcote Primary School. “Our school has undergone some extensive building work recently with the merging of two schools into one, and we wanted to make sure that the gardens, which were a bit under developed, were transformed in readiness for the students returning in September. The volunteers from Mondial Assistance did a fantastic job in helping us to clear things up; we now have the foundations of a great outdoor learning area and we couldn’t have done it without them!”

The volunteers were split into teams and challenged with working on one area of the garden. All their hard efforts were rewarded, with prizes given throughout the day for ‘Star Pupil’, ‘Class Clown’ and ‘Teacher’s Pet’.

Kirsty Wardlaw, Corporate Social Responsibility & Internal Communications Executive at Mondial Assistance UK, says, “The day at Woodcote Primary School was a great success with staff making a huge difference to the outside environment. Everyone found the project incredibly rewarding, we hope the students will be delighted with the results. We are extremely proud of all those that took part and we look forward to working at Woodcote Primary School on similar projects in the future.”