Newtons Primary School, Rainham, calls for help to give garden facelift

Newtons Primary School in Rainham is having a make-over of it's garden. Teacher Lynette Allsop is le

Newtons Primary School in Rainham is having a make-over of it's garden. Teacher Lynette Allsop is leading the project. - Credit: Archant

A primary school is appealing for volunteers and businesses to help it create a new garden in the playground.

Newtons Primary School, Lowen Road, Rainham, is transforming a disused piece of land into a small garden for children to make new experiences.

The land was previously used for a school gardening club but has become overgrown.

The space will be regenerated into a fully functioning garden with eight raised planters, a water butt to store rainwater, a composter, a bug hotel and a small shed.

The project is a partnership between the school and Mary Burke, who is part of the development programme Community Force.

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Headteacher Lynn Lowe said the school was very excited about the project. “Our gardening club was very successful and provided lots of vegetables and we are hoping that more children will be able to benefit from it and we can make it even better,” she said.

Ms Burke called on volunteers to come and give some of their time to transform the garden on Saturday and Sunday, October 8 and 9 between 9am and 6pm.

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Work will include trimming trees and bushes, weeding, preparing the raised beds and painting the fencing.

“People can come for a day or half a day or any time they are willing to give,” she said.

For the project to go ahead, the school still needs timber to make the raised planters, paint, bark chippings and garden equipment such as watering cans, wheelbarrows, bird feeders and composters.

Carlton Tyres, in Rainham, has already donated six tyres to be used as planters.

Any other businesses which would like to make a donation can contact Mary Burke on or call her on 03336661176.

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