St Luke’s Park primary school pupils join Land Trust to plant final tree at the latest green space
Leading developer Countryside Partnerships, The Land Trust and Homes England invited 30 Year 1 and Year 2 pupils from the recently opened St Luke’s Park Primary School to its St Luke’s Park development. The pupils were invited to plant the final tree within the Eastern Meadow surrounding the site to commemorate its completion and opening to the public.
As part of the visit, Countryside and Land Trust provided an overview for the pupils on the importance of green space for communities and biodiversity and the positive impact of the Eastern Meadow. It was a great opportunity for the pupils to get outdoors and learn about the benefits of nature – both for the environment and wellbeing. The children left the event with their own potted plant, RHS book and seeds to grow at home.
St Luke’s Park is a family-friendly development in Runwell, which spans over 200 acres, and is surrounded by green spaces. Bringing 575 new homes, as well as much-needed shops and community amenities for residents and locals in the area, it is proving popular with young professionals, growing families and downsizers.
Meeting the increasing demand for school places in the Runwell area, the school was developed within the St Luke’s Park delivery plan. The school not only bolsters the facilities available on-site but also contributes to the vibrant community which exists at the development.
The school provides state-of-the-art classrooms and teaching spaces as well as outdoor play areas, sports pitches, a library and special educational needs centre within the school. The new establishment also includes a main hall, ideally suited to hold various school events.
Peter Willis, Managing Director, Home Counties East, Countryside Partnerships said: “We’re delighted to have officially opened Eastern Meadows to the public, and inviting pupils from newly opened St Luke’s Park Primary School seemed a very fitting way to mark this exciting milestone. We were able to speak with the pupils about the importance of nature and send them away with their very own potted plant, book and seeds to continue growing plants at home.”
Nick Rudman, Executive Headteacher at St Luke’s Park Primary School: “The children in Squirrels Class were so pleased to be invited to help with the tree planting. As a school, we think it's so important to be part of our local community. This was a great way for us to show the children the benefits of being active citizens who can help improve their local environment.”