Plum tree planting marks opening

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YOUNG children in Barrow can ‘flourish’ in their new purpose-built preschool which officially opened last week.

Plumtree Preschool’s new building was completed in April, but on Friday, county councillor Graham Newman, officially opened it.

Barrow Primary School’s headteacher, Alison Earl, and chairman of governors, Viv Hughes, planted a plumtree to mark the occasion.

Louise Cooper, chairman of the preschool, said: “It’s absolutely fantastic to be open.

“The opportunities for the children are greatly improved because we have got purpose-built facilities which will be able to extend and improve their learning.”

The preschool’s new home was built with £230,000 funding from Suffolk County Council and grants from the National Lottery and from Havebury Community Trust.

The preschool now has a fully functioning kitchen, meaning it can run the breakfast and after school club for both preschool and primary children.

Facilities at the preschool, which caters for 24 children, also include a lgarden and vegetable patch.

It has been built in the grounds of the primary school.

Louise said the children now had ‘much more space’ and hoped they would ‘enjoy learning through play’.

To celebrate the opening the youngsters made hats and flags and enjoyed lots of activities.