Birmingham Airport has given support to a local primary school to build a sensory playground area.
The Oval Primary School in Yardley was awarded £3,000 by the Birmingham Airport’s trust fund to build the play area in the school grounds. They worked with adventure playground specialists, All Out Play, to plan and build the new interactive facility which opened in June.
Andy Holding, Corporate Responsibility Manager at Birmingham Airport, said: “The trustees decided to award The Oval Primary School with this funding as we could see that the planned learning environment would greatly benefit the local pupils.
“It gives a ‘hands on’ learning approach that will teach environmental awareness and knowledge of nature whilst protecting local wildlife with features such as a wormery, bug area, pergolas and climbing plants.
“This work is very much in line with our Corporate Responsibility Strategy of developing local communities and promoting health and wellbeing in the area.”
In addition to the wildlife sections the play area also includes a musical area with drums, chimes and xylophones, a story telling corner, a bamboo maze and a water play section, amongst many other features.
Julie Gouldbourn, Strategic Business Manager at The Oval Primary School, said: “The outdoor retreat that has been built with the Airport’s support is of huge benefit to the children and the local community.
“The design of the garden with its mixture of interactive zones combines play with learning. It has also made a huge difference to the local community by greatly improving the outlook of the area for future generations.”
The funding awarded to The Oval Primary School, forms part of the Birmingham Airport Community Trust Fund which awards grants of up to £3,000 to community groups in areas most affected by the Airport’s operations. Each year the airport contributes nearly £80,000 to the Community Trust Fund.
Additionally any charges made to airlines which breach night noise regulations, are added to the fund.
The next available round of Trust Fund awards will be made in October 2017. The closing date for receipt of completed applications is Friday 25th August 2017. More information is available on the Birmingham Airport website.