Lottery boost to play time at Spalding special school

Garth School pupils celebrate lottery funding for new playground surface.
Garth School pupils celebrate lottery funding for new playground surface.
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Play time will soon be better than ever at Spalding’s Garth School after they secured a National Lottery grant to upgrade their playground.

The Pinchbeck Road special school has been awarded a £9,438 grant from The National Lottery Awards for All Scheme.

The school already has a lovely playground, with a wheelchair-accessible roundabout and a trim trail for the children installed in 2013.

However, although these facilities have been an excellent addition to the playground, the ground surrounding the trim trail and roundabout becomes extremely boggy and muddy in bad weather, meaning pupils cannot always use them.

This new injection of funding will allow the school to install all-weather rubber mulch safety surfacing throughout that area, making the trim trail and wheelchair-friendly roundabout accessible all year round.

Also within the funding, the school is purchasing interactive play panels for the children to enjoy at break times.

Head of site Richard Gamman said: “Having the area around the trim trail surfaced will make a huge difference to the opportunities for our students.

“The roundabout is wheelchair accessible and a source of great fun for all of our children but not available currently for six months of the year because of all the mud that builds up around it. We are delighted the Big Lottery grant has opened this resource up for the whole year.”