Tudor Primary School students spearhead garden project in Sudbury after receiving £4,000 Tesco Bags of Help grant
The student council at a Sudbury school, which was awarded a £4,000 grant for a new garden on its grounds, has been applauded for its work ethic, after spearheading the project from start to finish.
Tudor Primary School is celebrating the installation of the garden following a successful application for a cash boost from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme, which is voted on by customers.
The idea was conceived by the 14 children on the school council, who were involved in submitting the funding bid and campaigning for parents to vote for their project to receive financial support.
Supported by school governor and professional garden designer Helen Double, the youngsters also played a key role in the planting and arranging of the garden, which included helping to move four tonnes of soil by hand.
Emma Ince, deputy headteacher, told the Free Press she was very proud, not only of how the school council had led the project, but also how the pupils ensured the garden could be used by both children and adults.
“Their maturity to think not just about themselves but also their classmates, and the empathy they have learned for others, is really impressive,” she said.
“It’s an area to promote calmness and peace on the playground. We want it to be a place for pupils to go and enjoy talking to friends and find some peace and quiet in their busy day, and they designed it so that staff would like to spend time there as well.
“I was honestly surprised we came top of the voting. It means the world to us, and for the children to run this project and see it go from start to finish makes it feel all really worthwhile.
“They worked so hard. It was a real team effort and they were so proud to complete it.”
The garden marks Tudor Primary School’s second project to achieve success through the Bags of Help initiative, which is run by Tesco in concert with the charity Groundwork.
The school previously won a £12,000 grant in 2016 to renovate the playground by laying a large all-weather surface.