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Kier to the rescue for school wildlife project


Published by Rebecca Jackson for Kier Services in Communities and also in Education

Pupils from Whitburn Primary School with the Kier team Pupils from Whitburn Primary School with the Kier team

Leading maintenance provider Kier came to the rescue of schoolchildren at Whitburn Primary School in Sunderland when plans for a wildlife habitat programme in the school grounds were delayed.

Work on the wildlife area had come to a standstill as repairs, which were beyond the school’s budget, were required. Having worked with the school previously, Kier quickly stepped in to install the new equipment free of charge, having arranged for the materials to be donated by local contractor Peart Fencing.

With the project now back on track, the area, which was built to assist the school’s ecological and environmental learning projects, will attract a variety of flora and fauna including bats, birds, hedgehogs and insects, and will encourage the children to learn about wildlife and their surroundings.

Kier, which is refurbishing over 400 homes in South Tyneside with new bathrooms, kitchens, windows and doors as part of the government-led Decent Homes initiative, supports the school through a range of activities, including delivering regular health & safety talks to pupils and supporting learning through construction-themed activities.

Kier corporate social responsibility manager, Terry Hanlon, who leads the safety talks, said: “We are committed to working with community partners and see supporting young people’s education as a vital part of our corporate responsibility. We were delighted to help the school when its plans for an educational wildlife area came to a standstill.”

Last year Kier and Whitburn Village Primary School signed a Memorandum of Understanding following a meeting with local parish church wardens. Members of the Kier team run health & safety talks at the school to ensure children are aware of the dangers of playing near building sites and encouraging them to stay safe.

Colin Stead, managing director of Peart Fencing, said: “At Peart Fencing we pride ourselves not only on the quality of our work, but on our corporate social responsibility, and so we were happy to assist Kier and the school on this educational community project.”

Head teacher Judith Merriman said: “We are very pleased to have Kier as part of our school community. They did a fantastic job replacing this fence, which meant a big saving for the school budget that can now be used for the children in other areas.”

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