Staff from Mars UK add a splash of colour at Brancaster school with project co-ordinator Nicola Murray-Woods, far right. Picture: Paul Tibbs Picture:

A team of 11 volunteers from a King’s Lynn business donned paint brushes and tools to help give a school allotment a makeover.

Staff from Mars UK, of Hansa Road, donated their time and skills last Friday to help refresh the allotment at Brancaster Primary School.

They helped to build new raised beds, weeded existing ones, repaired a shed and gave the woodwork a fresh coat of bright-coloured paint.

Their efforts were part of the Mars Food UK School Grounds Development Programme (SGDP).

West Norfolk artist and school grounds professional Nicola Marray-Woods set up the programme with the factory in 2015.

The Market Lane school was the 14th site to have benefitted from the efforts of some of the firm’s 181 employees.

Since the scheme started, teams of staff have created or renovated wildlife areas, growing spaces, ponds, wild play areas and even helped to build an outdoor stage.

Since last year, the remit of the programme changed to food projects. Ms Marray-Woods said: “The school is dedicated to outdoor learning and growing food and is very keen to extend the use of this area to enhance curriculum subjects as well as for its gardening club.

“This fits in very well with the community aims of Mars Food UK. Its teams always give one hundred per cent and their hard work is much appreciated by the school.” Teams from different shifts and departments within the factory have donated their time to school projects connected to growing, cooking and eating food.

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