The finished wildlife garden at Castor Church of England Primary School

Teams from Anglian Water’s @one Alliance and partner contractor organisations based in Peterborough helped to transform a nearby school’s garden and pond area earlier this month.

The group of 12 staff worked with children from Castor Church of England Primary School to turn a part of the grounds into a flourishing wildlife garden including a pond, flower meadow, amphibian shelter, vegetable patch and bug hotel.

Mark Froggatt, Engineering Manager for Anglian Water’s @one Alliance, said: “Working with the school was brilliant. It was great having the children visit us during the construction and asking lots of questions about the work and what type of creatures it’ll attract.”

“It was fantastic to help transform part of our local community and show future customers the importance of our natural environment.”

The garden’s design was drawn up with an ecologist to make sure all kinds of habitats were included. It’s hoped the new wildlife garden will encourage wildlife like pond skaters, common whirligigs, cardinal beetles, orange tip butterflies and lots more species to flourish.

Mark Ratchford, Head Teacher, added: “The pupils at Castor School are already benefitting from the wildlife garden. They have written poems, been pond dipping and enjoyed learning about the new habitats that Anglian Water has created.

“The children’s favourites are the hibernaculum, stumpery, marsh and the bug hotel! We are extremely grateful to the team for their generosity of time, skill and hard work in enhancing our outdoor learning environment in this way.”