SWANSEA City ambassador Lee Trundle officially opened Birchgrove Comprehensive School’s new outdoor learning area for children with special needs following a makeover by the Edenstone Foundation.
What was an overgrown redundant quadrant, has been transformed into a fun outdoor learning space. The scheme won the community project category of the Wales Online Property Awards following a public vote.
Sponsorship from a Three Welsh Peaks challenge, undertaken by Edenstone Group staff, part-funded the project. Contractors and suppliers backed the initiative, with the Edenstone Foundation financing the remainder of the £10,000 scheme and volunteers carrying out the work over the summer holidays.
Lee said: “It was great to have the honour of opening the outdoor learning area. It’s a lovely space and I’m sure the pupils will really enjoy using it. The work done by the Edenstone Foundation and all those who helped to bring the learning area to life is commendable and the award is very well deserved!”
Headteacher Andrew Owen said: “We are ever so grateful to the Edenstone Foundation for helping transform this underused area of the school grounds. The difference is amazing – they’ve created a beautiful garden, full of fun activities for pupils to enjoy. Pupils have already helped with some finishing touches and are excited about growing different things in the garden over the coming months.
“The new space includes a banner of the Liberty Stadium and so it was fitting that Lee Trundle was the VIP guest at the official opening. It was a great opportunity for pupils to test out the pitch area by playing football with him.”
Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Education Improvement, Learning and Skills, said: “The specialist teaching facility at Birchgrove Comprehensive has made a real difference for pupils since it opened two years ago and the new outdoor learning area will further improve opportunities for pupils. I would like to thank the Edenstone Foundation and their supporters for creating the garden.”