LOTTERY funding has enabled a Worthing school to build an outside area for environmental learning.
An area previously covered in grass and trees at West Park First and Middle School has now been transformed into a space for the children to use for growing plants and studying wildlife in a variety of habitats.
The school, in Marlborough Road, submitted a bid to the Lottery Fund several months ago and found out at the end of the summer term it was to receive £10,000.
The rest of the cost of building the garden, which was created during the summer holidays, was met by the school and the PTA.
Head teacher Peter Neale said: “As the plants develop and grow, we will have fruit trees, a wildflower and grass area, raised beds for planting a variety of crops as well as a storyteller circle and a shaded decking area.
“Paved paths will help to ensure all our children are able to access the area and make good use of it.
“We worked closely with a local company, Garden House Design (Touch of Magic Ltd.), who completed the work brilliantly in less than two weeks.
“We are very grateful to one of our parents, Rod Winrow, who is one of the directors of the company for his management of the project and all the support he gave us.”