School’s £10k for Narnia style outdoor trail

Kevin Rothwell and Kathryn Melling with Catherine, Olivia, Evie and Grace with the sculpture of Aslan
Kevin Rothwell and Kathryn Melling with Catherine, Olivia, Evie and Grace with the sculpture of Aslan

A Leyland school has been given £10,000 to create an outdoor learning zone.

It is just one of the community projects and schools across Central Lancashire that have been given a share of more than £5.7m in lottery cash.

“The bid was accepted because the aim is to encourage others in the local area to come and use the project.”

Kevin Rothwell

Leyland Methodist Junior School is to receive £10,000, towards creating an outdoor learning zone and new path or “trim trail” leading to it.

Year Three teacher Kevin Rothwell said the theme of the path would be Narnia, and would include wooden sculptures.

He said: “There’s a lot of outdoor land that’s pretty much unused for a lot of the year because of the weather, and we wanted to be able to utilise the space.

“The bid was accepted because the aim is to encourage others in the local area to come and use the project.

“The outdoor classroom is going to have an all-weather canopy, so it’s all year round.

“It’s utilising the space we have available.”

In Preston, Callon Community Kids Club has been awarded £10,000, which will be used to provide sports activities, day trips and a residential visit.

It is hoped to offer “diversionary activities”.

Meanwhile Forton Primary School has been awarded £9,009, which will be used to build an obstacle course and a chicken run in the school’s grounds.

Headteacher Lorna Boase said: “We’ve hatched our own chicks and the children will be responsible for them.

“When they start laying we will sell the eggs, and the money will pay for their food.

“We’ve also got funding for an obstacle course, but the structures are very simple so they can be used for other things.

“There’s an ‘up and over’, which could be used to make a den.”