Chancellor visits school's gardening project

MP George Osborne dropped in on Nether Alderley Primary School on Friday, 18th September, to visit their innovative gardening project and also to take assembly.

The school identified a need to encourage those children who currently don't engage in traditional sports to become more active so, utilising a previously unused outdoor area, the school created an Active Gardening Club run by volunteers from the local community.

As well as creating a beautiful new garden and getting club members and the local community physically active, the space has benefited the entire school who now use the new garden as an outdoor learning facility.

The school secured a £1,000 award from the Active Cheshire, Active Anywhere fund earlier this year which was used to provide gardening equipment for the children and volunteers to use.

George Osborne said "Nether Alderley's school garden is a brilliant initiative. The pupils have worked hard to create a beautiful outdoor space and really enjoy the exercise. I am grateful to Active Cheshire for the work they do across Cheshire to help people lead healthy, active lifestyles."

MP George Osborne incorporated the visit as part of a planned trip to his constituency on Friday and was keen to see the school's project after his original visit, planned for May, was postponed due to the General Election.

Richard Craven, Head Teacher for Nether Alderley Primary said, "As a school, we are committed to getting our children active. This has been a great project for our children and volunteers alike and the support we have received from Active Cheshire has been invaluable. The whole school is benefitting from using the new garden and it has made a great impact on everyone who has seen it."

Anne Boyd, CEO of Active Cheshire said: "I am delighted that we have supported Nether Alderley in creating this fabulous garden. It is vital that we instil the habit of exercise within children at an early age, and encourage those who do not enjoy traditional sports to try other kinds of physical activity."

George Osborne, Nether Alderley Primary School