Staff at Nescot have worked with a school to create a fixed flower bed for Banstead High Street.
Frank Sturges at Nescot's Carpentry and Joinery department built the unit and Flitton’s Nursery in Wallington provided the plants, which members of Banstead Community Junior School’s gardening club planted and will look after throughout the year.
The planter was officially unveiled by the mayor of Reigate and Banstead, Dr Lynne Hack, on Thursday (October 24).
“We wanted to brighten up the high street a little,” said Janet Marder, Outdoor Learning Co-ordinator at Banstead Community Junior School.
“We all thought it would be a good thing for our school and Nescot to work together on, and the children have learnt a lot – not just about gardening, but about doing something positive for the community.”
Mrs Marder set up the school’s gardening club seven years ago, and said it has proved such a hit with the children that every class now its own flowerbed for children to grow vegetables and flowers.
She added: “They learn skills like teamwork and planning and they have a better understanding of where their food comes from and how to eat healthily, so we’re pleased they enjoy gardening so much.”
Jim Murphy, Head of Construction at Nescot, said the college had been pleased to be involved with the project.
“The planter looks great, and I’m sure the children will do a fantastic job of looking after it all year,” he added.