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    Footprint Trust Press Release - Date: 03/06/09

    Grants help create new wildlife pond for children


    A new wildlife pond is being created at Osborne Middle School as a lasting legacy for children attending school.

    Isle of Wight Council, Southern Water, the SE Hampshire and IW Educational Trust and volunteers from the Green Gym are all helping to create the pond which will be looked after by pupils at the school.

    A £500 grant from the Council’s extended schools fund enabled the school to purchase a pond liner and equipment from Hunnyhill aquatics and Southern Water contributed £200 to pay for a fence and gate and is providing a digger and member of staff to dig out the pond and landscape the area. Additional plants and landscaping materials are being sourced thanks to funding from the SE Hampshire and IW Eduational Trust. The Footprint Trust has given the school guidance on the creation of the pond and is overseeing the project, volunteers from the Green Gym will provide the manpower to create the pond and landscape the area to establish a wildlife haven.

    Keith Symmonds, assistant director of children and young people said: “We are pleased to have been able to support the school in creating this important feature which will be looked after by the children and assist in their learning of ecology and the natural environment.”

    Steve Spacagna, Extended Services Cluster Manager, overseeing the project said: “This is a good example of how the Extended Services provides opportunities for schools, community groups, local authorities and the local business sector to contribute to our children’s education and quality of life.”

    Please contact Anna Symcox on 01983 823544 or anna.symcox@iow.gov.uk for more information.

    Issued by:

    Anna Symcox

    Media Officer

    Email: anna.symcox@iow.gov.uk

    Tel: 01983 823544



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