We're proud to announce that our team at Toyota Preston have partnered with Leyland Methodist Junior School to fund the construction of a community garden and growing area at the school. We have pledged to donate £2,000 through the ‘Toyota Fund for a Better Tomorrow’ initiative that allows us to apply for a grant to support community projects which focus on education, road safety and the environment.
The pupils and teachers will use the money to redevelop a 40-square metre area at the front of the school to create a safe and secure learning environment for pupils and a pleasant green space for the wider community to use. The pupils will have responsibility for the site which will be used by the school’s Eco Club to grow vegetables and plants for use in school and the local Leyland Methodist Church. They will also take part in regular workshops run by the Wildlife Trust and the project will encourage interaction between the school and adults in the area with learning difficulties. It will also allow many community groups to use the outdoor environment. Both the pupils and staff are very excited about the redevelopment of the community garden and the impact it will have on the school's activities!
Simon Robinson, Sales Manager at Vantage Toyota Preston said:
“Both Vantage and I take great pleasure in being able to help Leyland Methodist School realise its vision of creating a multifunctional outdoor space for its pupils and the community. This project stood out to Vantage due to its focus on engaging local groups and creating a sustainable learning environment for all. We hope the example being set at Leyland will act as a positive model for others to follow.”
Kevin Rothwell, year five Teacher at Leyland Methodist Junior School said:
“We’re incredibly grateful to Vantage for selecting us for this sponsorship, without which this project wouldn’t be possible. Our plans to create a community garden featuring four raised planting beds and a greenhouse will not only benefit the school by linking to the National Curriculum but will also help engage local groups and create a more cohesive community environment.”
The funding for the project will also enable the school to submit an Eco-Schools Silver Award application which focuses on strengthening pupil leadership and involvement in one of nine areas including school grounds and biodiversity. We're so excited to be working with Leyland School and can't wait to see the finished community garden!