Volunteers help build new garden for Welwyn Garden City school

A TEAM of bank workers spent a day helping a WGC school turn an outdoor space into a smart new relaxation area.

Volunteers from Black Horse Finance, the loaning arm of Lloyds Banking Group, visited Knightsfield School, a specialist school for children with hearing impairment, to help build a new sensory garden for the students.

Working under the guidance of Knightsfield’s business manager Lucy Pope, the Black Horse team, led by support executive Martyn Swansborough, renovated an area of the playground in need of an overhaul.

Thanks to donations from Burston Garden Centre in St Albans, the team built a bespoke sensory garden with an array of plants and seating area, and also constructed a new wildlife pond.

A water butt and composter was also donated, helping the pupils keep up their green credentials.

Knightsfield head Lucy Leith was delighted with the results. “The pupils are really excited,” she said. “They now have a gardening club and are enjoying tending the plants and harvesting the vegetables they have sown.”

Mr Swansborough added: “The headmistress referred to the pond as ‘a dream come true’, while the pupils’ enthusiasm for their new garden has surpassed all expectation.”