Maghull’s MP was at the opening of a brand new 'Nature and Nurture Nook' at St George’s Primary School in Maghull.
The Nature and Nurture Nook was the idea of parent and former pupil, Helen Watson, with the support of the foundation run by her employer, DHL.
The newly transformed Nature & Nurture Nook, in St George’s Catholic Primary School, Maghull, was unveiled on Friday (July 3), by headteacher Pete Chapman to delighted children, parents and staff.
They were also joined by the Mayor and Mayoress of Sefton, Bill Esterson, MP and the DHL Volunteers involved in the project.
Having secured a grant of £10,000 from the DHL UK Foundation, nine volunteers from DHL UK Freight in Halewood have worked tirelessly with landscaping, lawn mowing and pond digging to totally transform the former infant’s school site which was in an overgrown and unusable state.
Applications from DHL staff for grants of £5,000-£10,000 are considered and once approved by the Transform It! Steering group, Groundwork UK helps with the research, design and delivery of the project.
Helen Watson of DHL said: "Transform It! has really lived up to its name.
"For the children, the impact will be felt in their daily school life, having the facility to learn outdoors and interact with the environment.
"The children will have the opportunity to have a hands-on learning environment delivering effective and compelling experiences whilst teaching and developing valuable life skills in teamwork, co-operation and self-awareness, extending the impact into life beyond these early school years."
Bill Esterson MP said: "I was really pleased when Helen invited me to the official launch of the Nature and Nurture Nook. And what an amazing facility it is.
"A number of parents and other local residents came along for a look and the children took great delight in showing us round.
"The area has been transformed. It was a patch of wasteland and was a real eyesore before, so the change is really impressive.
"And the opportunities to help the children learn by being outside are massive. Children learn by doing. It’s also not just about nature. The children will develop their literacy and academic skills too and because of the excitement and difference of being outside with so much to see, their natural curiosity will help their development.
"The idea behind the Nature and Nurture Nook really is excellent and I would like to congratulate Mr Chapman and Helen Watson for their foresight in going ahead with the project. Thanks to all the volunteers, parents, staff and children as well as to DHL for supporting such a good idea."
The Nature and Nurture Nook was opened by Sefton Mayor and Mayoress, Cllr and Mrs Kermode and visitors were shown round the new gardens as well as being given refreshments.
Bill Esterson said: "It was a really enjoyable event and I wish the school and the children well as they enjoy this wonderful new facility."