Kids’ woodland garden opened

New Mills Primary's new woodland garden, local tradesmen Jeroen Bartels and Simon Dowell built the garden and parent Sarah Heyes designed it

New Mills Primary's new woodland garden, local tradesmen Jeroen Bartels and Simon Dowell built the garden and parent Sarah Heyes designed it

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A community is come together to create a magical woodland getaway for youngsters to listen to stories in .

New Mills Nursery, New Mills Primary School and Good Times After School Club worked together to create a new woodland garden.

The project was possible thanks to finding from Derbyshire County Council’s Building Foundations Together initiative, which is designed to support community projects focussing on children’s transition between nursery and primary school.

New Mills Primary School head teacher, Claire Whetstone said: “It was a truly community based venture.

“We used all local New Mills expertise from planning and design to construction and installation.”

Businessmen Jeroen Bantels, of JB Woodwork, and Simon Dowells, of SNS Trees, created a story telling space within the woodland. At its opening, storyteller Creeping Toad entertained youngsters with a tale or two.

New Mills Nursery head teacher Claire Inman, Good Times Playgroup leader Val Dangerfield and Claire Whetstone and expressed their delight with the outdoor learning space.

Mrs Whetstone added: “It’s a great opportunity for children in New Mills to enjoy stories together outside, both now and in future.”