Ifield School attend safety and nature day at Ebbsfleet International
Children from Ifield School attended a safety and nature day at Ebbsfleet International Station. They were given an allotment constructed from recycled timber railway sleepers acting as raised beds and topsoil donated by DMC. The thrust of the project is for the students to study plants in order to understand the course of nature. There are 7 allotment sections in total, 6 have been allocated to the station stakeholders in order to promote a Team building environment.
The children planted some vegetables and erected two scarecrows. They also dressed in PPE and were explained the need for protection whilst working on building sites.
Ifield is a special needs school and will return with different children that have specific needs each week for half an hour to watch the plant development and care for the plants. The team at Ebbsfleet have made the area wheelchair friendly to enable safe access to the allotment as required.
Tony Ingram - Project manager and Gary Coulson - Site manager form Morgan Sindall were joined by HS1, Faithful+ Gould and Network Rail who donated plants and Beaver 84 who donated fencing, the British Transport Police also took part in this event by helping to plant with some of the children.
Ingrid Biscombe, Head-teacher of the school says "the staff and pupils really enjoyed it and couldn't wait to tell the rest of us all about it."