All hands on deck clearing weeds and vegetation. Pictures: Matthew Usher

A team of volunteers from a King’s Lynn factory have given up their time to transform an area for pupils at  a North Lynn school.

Volunteers from Mars Food UK, of Hansa Road, armed with spades and wheelbarrows, cleared weeds and vegetation to transform a growing area at St Edmund’s Academy in Kilham’s Way last Friday.

They cleared nettles and painted fences to make a safe  environment for the pupils.

They also cleared a pathway to an orchard to enable youngsters to harvest the apples and pears. 

Headteacher Jill Graver said: “We greatly appreciate the hard work of the volunteers from Mars Food. 

“Over the year since their last visit, groups of children have developed a love of growing. With additional space available, more children will be able to access this.”

The Mars Food UK school grounds development programme is spearheaded by local artist and school grounds professional, Nicola Marray-Woods, who liaises with schools and factory teams to design and plan projects related to growing, cooking and eating of food. 

She said: “The teams always work so hard and make a huge difference to the school. 

“St Edmund’s has a wonderful volunteer, Tracey Cornwell, who runs growing and cooking clubs, building on the transformation the previous team made. The work will open up and make safe more space and resources and so encourage healthy outdoor activity and healthy eating.”

St Edmund’s was the 15th site to have benefitted from the efforts of around 200 staff, who have worked on projects ranging from creating and renovating wildlife and play areas to making an outdoor stage, a wild play area and creating a bottle greenhouse.