Tarmac is continuing its partnership with Groundwork Hertfordshire by supporting a team of local volunteers transform the grounds at Saffron Green Primary School.
The volunteers joined the Green Team, an employment and skills project run by community charity Groundwork Hertfordshire and funded by Tarmac. The team spent ten weeks transforming an area of the grounds at Saffron Green Primary School in Borehamwood, to the delight of students and staff.
The Green Teamers gained valuable practical experience by creating a new outdoor learning area, restoring an existing meadow and installing new woodland seating for storytelling and other activities. These features will give the students and staff the opportunity to take more lessons outdoors. In addition to these new skills the volunteers achieved qualifications including City & Guilds Level 1 Diploma in Practical Horticulture and City & Guilds Level 1 Award Employability Skills, which will boost their job prospects.
Tarmac colleagues also stepped in to help, spending a day meeting the volunteers and helping to install a new pathway connecting the outdoor area to the school. The team celebrated its achievements with the Mayor, who presented the Green Team with their certificates in front of their guests. Representatives from Groundwork, Tarmac and the Green Team members themselves gave a presentation, followed by a guided tour of the project.
Mark Wood, Tarmac’s regional managing director, materials - South said: “We’re delighted to be involved with another Green Team project with Groundwork. The activity is part of our ongoing commitment to local communities and skills development and it’s great to have the opportunity to support such valuable schemes in Hertfordshire. The whole team should be really proud of the results of their hard work.”
Matt Sutcliffe, Groundwork’s employment project tutor, said: “This is a dedicated team and their hard work has really paid off. It is fantastic for the volunteers to see the immediate impact of their work and how much the students are enjoying learning outdoors. Congratulations Green Team!”
Linda Storey, Head Teach at Saffron Green Primary School, said “This project has exceeded our expectations. We now have an outdoor classroom to be proud of, raised flower beds to allow children to get their hands dirty and a wonderful reading area in our woodland amongst other items. We are very grateful to Groundwork and the Green Team for their hard work and look forward to putting these areas to good use.”