Educational Garden Success!

2012-12-14 20:11:00

Church transformed into a top attraction for families The following article is taken from the Bolton Evening News.

8:06am Friday 14th December 2012 in Bolton Evening News

A CHURCH is set to become a star attraction for families and schoolchildren.

Kearsley Mount Methodist Church has transformed its grounds after striking it lucky with almost £50,000 of Big Lottery Funding.
And pupils from nearby Kearsley Academy have helped put the finishing touches to the church grounds by introducing fun educational and nature trails so families can explore the grounds.Visitors will be equipped with specially provided funky backpacks containing information and worksheets to take part in the activities. Kearsley Academy’s school council was approached by Stephen Tonge, church council member for the community and school governor, to design an education trail linked to the primary school curriculum.Over the past eight months the pupils have created a master noticeboard which illustrates the areas of the gardens and special features.There is a frog trail featuring plastic numbered frogs for primary school children and for older children and adults there will be a heritage trail.
The pupils have also designed signs in the gardens directing people to the Peace Garden and the Community Garden. They gave a special presentation of what they had done to church and community members.
Assistant Principal at Kearsley Academy Mel Hughes said: “The young people have designed the garden so it is interactive for children and families.
“Their idea was to get more people to use the garden and see it is an extra facility and resource.”
The church received just over £48,000 of funding to transform its grounds for the community to enjoy. bMiss Hughes added: “Young people are really passionate about their community and want to be part of it. This has given them a sense of pride, they have seen their work become a reality. They know that this is their project and they are responsible for its continual development." To take part in the educational activities contact the church

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