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Children at a Northwich primary school have the chance to design their very own sensory garden thanks to a local builders’ merchant.

The pupils at Lostock Gralam School have been asked to create their dream garden plans and the team from the local TG Builders’ Merchants have pledged to donate £500 worth of materials to bring the winning design to life.

Branch manager Phil Brown said: “We are delighted to be working with the children to help them create the perfect community garden, and we can’t wait to see their designs.

“The idea is that the pupils create their plans and layouts as a homework assignment, so they can have help from relatives or friends, and the design can be in any format or size they like – so it can be a drawing, or even a model made of plasticine, papier-mâché, or clay.

“The winner will receive an art set and an Amazon Fire Tablet, as well as the materials for the garden, and two runners up will also receive art sets.

“Supporting community projects like this is a key part of our Corporate Social Responsibility objectives, and we believe it’s important that businesses operate in a responsible manner that is sensitive to the needs of the environment around us. So creating a garden that will benefit so many families in the local area is a perfect way for us to help make a real difference.”

The competition entries will be on display at TG Builders’ Merchants’ Northwich branch, in Manchester Road, as part of the opening launch weekend of their new TG Doors Windows & Floors and TG Dream Patios showrooms on April 8 and 9.

Teacher Sam Shimmin said the support from the TG Group was very welcome and the children were excited to be taking part in the competition.

“Our aim is to start a sustainable garden where we can grow fruit and vegetables to give to local families, with a sensory garden area for our children with sensory needs.

“We want to encourage more wildlife so we’ll be building hedgehog homes, and putting up bird and bat boxes and bug hotels. We’ll also be building a plastic bottle greenhouse and have already started collecting the two-litre bottles we need.

We are always looking for ideas and projects to support their education, so creating the garden is a wonderful opportunity for all our pupils.”

Photo: Craig Woodward, Dream Patios Manager

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