Land bought for primary school

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PUPILS are to enjoy new outdoor learning facilities after extra land was purchased for their school.

The additional space, bought from a private landowner by the East Anglia Diocese for St Edmunds Catholic Primary School, in Westgate Street, Bury, will be used mainly for sports to allow children to play games such as football and rugby.

They also now own part of the Water Meadows, which will be ‘preserved for future generations’ and used by pupils to learn about nature.

Headteacher Maria Kemble said the extra land would allow them to meet Government guidelines for the amount of hard play area and green space required for a school of their size.

She said: “Water Meadows is a wonderful nature habitat not only for our school but also for other schools in the town and the community.

“We’re hoping we can work with people like Suffolk Wildlife Trust and the RSPB so the children can use it to learn about nature.

“Equally at the same time we want to manage and preserve it for future generations.”

“The plain field space will be a fairly quick development to bring it up to specification for playing football and rugby.

“The development of Water Meadows is a long term thing to make sure we don’t do anything that damages the habitat that’s there.

“I feel very strongly we’ve been given a great blessing as a school and we have a responsibility to care for it.”

They want to develop the land in discussion with the whole school community and Mrs Kemble has asked the children to think about what they would like.

She said: “They were almost awe struck when we first spoke about it in assembly and there’s lots of things they’re now starting to think about.”

Parents were invited to the school yesterday to see the plans as well as giving them the opportunity to contribute.