Builder and developer Seddon has donated a construction site cabin to a project helping green-fingered school students gain real life skills.
The cabin, now at the heart of an innovative horticulture area at Rumworth School, provides much needed respite from the rain and elements for the pupils taking part in the scheme.
Students aged 11-19 are being encouraged by the Bolton school to grow their own food, learn about the plants they are nurturing and gain real-life skills that could see them work in the horticulture industry.
Alongside the well-established garden area, the school has also developed a bistro where students interested in the hospitality industry serve up some of the produce grown at the school.
These projects form part of a plan to offer wider on-the-job training designed to boost pupils’ potential and take pride in what they do.
Kevin Wilkinson, Director of Evolution and Innovation at the school, said: "The new site cabin means that the many pupils who use the horticultural area are able to stay out all day, have a break with a cup of tea, and shelter from the rain.
"We were in need of something to finish the area off, and we’re absolutely delighted that Seddon has stepped in to help us. "
Seddon is looking to help the school further by expanding the range of skills it can teach, and has offered to lend a digger to further develop the horticulture area, and provide training in construction to some of the young people. It is hoped that more students will get a job thanks to the initiative.
Maggie Heap, Community Projects Manager at Seddon, said: "We’re pleased to be able to assist Rumworth School in providing a site cabin for its horticultural area.
"The school is fantastic in the way it provides pupils with life skills and we want to do everything we can to help these pupils realise their potential.”
A number of local firms have come to the aid of the school as part of the project, offering advice about the skills pupils will need to secure employment and in the design and planting of the horticulture area, which was undertaken by Brooklyn Landscapes.