Groundforce at Fernhurst Primary School


FERNHURST Primary School had its own version of ‘Ground Force’ when a 50-strong team went in to carry out a major make-over in the grounds.

It’s no longer ‘Bob-a-Job’ week, but now called ‘Scout Community Week’ and in the first of this year’s summer sunshine, Fernhurst Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, with their leaders, helpers, a mass of parents and the scout executive committee, took to the school grounds to give them a major spruce up now the building is almost finished.

The work the youngsters –and the older helpers – achieved included litter-picking round the grounds, trimming back hedges and branches where they had overgrown flower beds and trimming round the apple and other fruit trees in the orchard.

The team also weeded and replanted the borders round the buildings, planted up tubs and window boxes, washed down some of the panels around the school and painted the various sheds and playhouses.

New plants were very varied, including broad beans, petunias, marigolds, primula and of course a fernbed and most were donated along with the compost.

It was a full afternoon’s work for all, though a certain element of play came in with the watering cans and various animals were found, including a toad, a slow worm and several shield bugs.

Drinks were available all the time and the afternoon finished with a barbecue.

The Scouts were all working towards their community and environment badges.

Also helping towards that was the litter-pick all three age groups had helped, covering much of central Fernhurst and finding everything from bird feeders to umbrellas.