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Birchanger Church of England VC Primary School pupils on the right path to connecting with nature



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A pathway to a beautiful garden space where children can de-stress and connect with nature has been laid at the village school in Birchanger thanks to Stansted’s community garden team, Human Roots.

Along with volunteers from Stansted Airport, they laid a 160m (525ft) path across a once overgrown patch of land at Birchanger Church of England VC Primary School. Plant hire firm E Corr lent a digger and driver to carry out the heavy work.

Human Roots founder Keiran Olivier said: “We had so much support it was amazing.

Birchanger Primary School pupils with Keiran Olivier of Human Roots and volunteers from Stansted Airport and E. Corr. Picture: Vikki Lince
Birchanger Primary School pupils with Keiran Olivier of Human Roots and volunteers from Stansted Airport and E. Corr. Picture: Vikki Lince

"The school wanted to create a reflective zone for their children to enable them to de-stress, reflect, observe and watch the seasons change and the flowers grow. We’ve taken it a step further and are also installing raised beds, where they can grow their own fruit and veg, and a seating arbour.”

The scheme, which has cost £4,500 with grant support, will be completed in four stages by April.

Added Keiran: "This is the second stage, the first being to clear the space of 10 years of undergrowth. In April we'll come back to do the planting, put lilies in the pond – the beautification of the area."

Birchanger Primary School assistant head Sharon Vessey with Keiran Olivier of Human Roots. Pic: Vikki Lince
Birchanger Primary School assistant head Sharon Vessey with Keiran Olivier of Human Roots. Pic: Vikki Lince

The Stansted Airport team comprised senior project delivery manager John Hackett, Kallum Kerrigan, Ashley King and Michael Bunyan.

"It was our pleasure to spend the day at Birchanger Primary School," said Mr Hackett. "The group capital delivery team (CapDel) all enjoyed spending time away from their desks and taking part in something positive for the community.

"Everyone at the school was really welcoming and the CapDel team was well supported by Human Roots. It was very rewarding to see how different the area looked after a good few hours of hard graft."

His colleague Daniel, the airport's community engagement manager, added: "The project formed part of our community outreach and employee volunteering work, and now that Covid restrictions have been eased, we look forward to stepping up these initiatives in the months to come."

Birchanger Primary School's nature area being created by Keiran Olivier of Human Roots and volunteers from Stansted Airport and E. Corr. Picture: Vikki Lince
Birchanger Primary School's nature area being created by Keiran Olivier of Human Roots and volunteers from Stansted Airport and E. Corr. Picture: Vikki Lince
Stansted Airport's senior project delivery manager John Hackett does his bit. Pic: Vikki Lince
Stansted Airport's senior project delivery manager John Hackett does his bit. Pic: Vikki Lince
Birchanger Primary School's nature area being created by Keiran Olivier of Human Roots and volunteers from Stansted Airport and E. Corr. Picture: Vikki Lince
Birchanger Primary School's nature area being created by Keiran Olivier of Human Roots and volunteers from Stansted Airport and E. Corr. Picture: Vikki Lince
Birchanger Primary School's nature area being created by Keiran Olivier of Human Roots and volunteers from Stansted Airport and E. Corr. Picture: Vikki Lince
Birchanger Primary School's nature area being created by Keiran Olivier of Human Roots and volunteers from Stansted Airport and E. Corr. Picture: Vikki Lince
Birchanger Primary School's nature area being created by Keiran Olivier of Human Roots and volunteers from Stansted Airport and E. Corr. Picture: Vikki Lince
Birchanger Primary School's nature area being created by Keiran Olivier of Human Roots and volunteers from Stansted Airport and E. Corr. Picture: Vikki Lince
Birchanger Primary School's nature area being created by Keiran Olivier of Human Roots and volunteers from Stansted Airport and E. Corr. Picture: Vikki Lince
Birchanger Primary School's nature area being created by Keiran Olivier of Human Roots and volunteers from Stansted Airport and E. Corr. Picture: Vikki Lince
Birchanger Primary School's nature area being created by Keiran Olivier of Human Roots and volunteers from Stansted Airport and E. Corr. Picture: Vikki Lince
Birchanger Primary School's nature area being created by Keiran Olivier of Human Roots and volunteers from Stansted Airport and E. Corr. Picture: Vikki Lince
Birchanger Primary School's nature area being created by Keiran Olivier of Human Roots and volunteers from Stansted Airport and E. Corr. Picture: Vikki Lince
Birchanger Primary School's nature area being created by Keiran Olivier of Human Roots and volunteers from Stansted Airport and E. Corr. Picture: Vikki Lince
Birchanger Primary School's nature area being created by Keiran Olivier of Human Roots and volunteers from Stansted Airport and E. Corr. Picture: Vikki Lince
Birchanger Primary School's nature area being created by Keiran Olivier of Human Roots and volunteers from Stansted Airport and E. Corr. Picture: Vikki Lince


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