Pupils enjoy exploring their newly-revamped nature area at Harford Manor School in Norwich

Pupils at a Norwich school are enjoying exploring their newly-revamped nature area thanks to the efforts of a team of volunteers.

Pond dipping, observing wildlife, and growing flowers and vegetables are just some of the activities pupils at Harford Manor School, in Ipswich Road, will now be able to enjoy in the previously overgrown area.

It is all thanks to the hard work of 25 Aviva employees who spent the whole of last Thursday giving the wildlife spot a complete overhaul.

Headteacher Paul Eteson said it was a tremendous effort by the volunteers.

'They worked solidly for the whole day - it was a mammoth task and the area looks absolutely beautiful now.

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'It is like an outdoor classroom,' he said.

'We are absolutely delighted with the volunteers' phenomenal work rate and the fantastic difference they have made to the whole area. The pond has been relined, the borders weeded and replanted, the outdoor equipment treated, the observation area cleared and barked and even a new hedgehog hotel created.'

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He said the area would open up lots of opportunities for pupils.

It will be largely be used for pupils' science work and also give the Harford Manor students doing linked-study with Easton College some opportunities to develop their agricultural and horticultural skills.

In the future the school hopes to build a viewing shelter where the children can watch the wildlife.

Mr Eteson said the school has a sent a thank-you card, along with some artwork by some of the children, to the Aviva team to show their appreciation.

'Thank you so much to Aviva. We are so grateful,' he added.

Harford Manor School, which is for pupils with special educational needs, has 76 students aged three to 19.

The volunteer project was organised through CSV Employee Volunteering.

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