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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Mayfield garden given facelift by apprentices

MAYFIELD School’s gardens have benefited from a much-needed facelift – thanks to a team of apprentices.

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helping hands: Sellafield Ltd apprentices, from left, Adam Connor, Alec Lancaster, Ryan Woodburn and Josh Pears with Sellafield Ltd supervisor Kirsty Wilkins-Birbeck get to work on the new shed

By Andrew Clarke

Eleven apprentices from Sellafield Ltd helped complete three garden projects to create outside teaching areas and make the surroundings more enjoyable for the pupils.

The apprentices, along with numerous local companies, painted fences, put together a new shed and created the outdoor facilities.

John Fleming, Sellafield Ltd apprentice manager, supported the apprentices throughout the day.

He said: “As part of Sellafield Ltd’s commitment to West Cumbria, utilising the apprentices’ practical skills to support community projects such as the Garden Challenge, is just one of the ways the company and its employees can make a significant impact in the area.

“Not only is the support beneficial for the local community, the apprentices also get the chance to mix with different people and see how their work can make a big difference in the local community.”

Gary Reed, of High Grange Developments, helped guide the apprentices during the construction work which was carried out in conjunction with CFM to mark its ‘Superhero’ day in aid of Cash for Kids.

Gillian Temple, deputy head at Mayfield, said: “We’ve got lots of pupils who attend the school and lots of children who would like to come to the school in the near future so we really need to make the most of our outdoor space.

“The Sellafield Ltd apprentices have helped us turn that dream into reality, creating a sheltered outside learning area and replacing our last shed which unfortunately blew away in the high winds.

“The apprentices have done a really good job in transforming the gardens, so we can’t thank them enough – they’re a real credit to Sellafield Ltd.”

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