Langham school pond is a true community effort

Our photo shows from left, High Sheriff of Rutland Andrew Brown, Tim Freimuth from Top 555, garden designer Owen Morgan and headteacher Janet Lord with pupils Ioan Wrentmore and Ella Peasgood'Photo: Alan Walters EMN-150707-122324001

Our photo shows from left, High Sheriff of Rutland Andrew Brown, Tim Freimuth from Top 555, garden designer Owen Morgan and headteacher Janet Lord with pupils Ioan Wrentmore and Ella Peasgood'Photo: Alan Walters EMN-150707-122324001

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Youngsters will be able to enjoy the benefits of a pond in their school grounds after the community came together to refurbish it.

Pupils at Langham CE Primary School have not been able to use the pond for sometime as it had deteriorated into an unkempt state.

Garden designer Owen Morgan, who’s two young children Cai and Freya attend the school, offered to revamp it if the school could get the £2,000 needed together.

Headteacher Janet Lord wrote to parents asking if firms they worked for could help and was overwhelmed when car dealer Top 555 in Oakham offered £1,500. Other sponsors, including Lands’ End also generously donated to the cause.

Owen, supported by a team of parents, then spent six weekends, fuelled by tea and biscuits, revamping the pond into an area to be proud of.

And on Saturday, the High Sheriff of Rutland Andrew Brown cut the ribbon to officially declare it open.

Mrs Lord said: “We had an amazing response from parents and businesses. The parents really got stuck in to renovate the old area and the area really does look amazing now.

“It’s absolutely beautiful and the children can really get involved and use it now. It’s going to be a fantastic resource.”

This week, during lessons a Year 2 class have been coming up with creative ways of how they can use the pond, which is already home to a range of wildlife including newts and dragonflies - but no fish which gobble up some of the wildlife living there!

The children’s ideas included using it in maths to work out the volume of the water and counting the different varieties of creature, using it in literacy to write creative stories and using it to learn the history of garden ponds.