Zoe Govett, Applewood nursery senior practitioner with Nicola Marray-Woods and members of Green shift at Mars foods in the new Applewood Nursery green space. Picture: Paul Tibbs

A West Norfolk nursery has been given a Mars makeover to create a better outdoor environment for youngsters.

Volunteers from the King’s Lynn food factory at Hansa Road helped improve Applewood Nursery’s forest school area on Tuesday. 

Their efforts included creating a vegetable plot and a sensory herb path. The volunteers also made spaces from natural materials where youngsters can sit and eat snacks and a fire pit to allow staff to cook outdoors with the children. 

The project was initiated by nursery staff member Zoe Govett who asked parents for donations of materials. 

Emily Anderson, whose nephew attends the College of West Anglia nursery, volunteered her work shift to take on the challenge. 

She said: “We are delighted to support Applewood with this project and hope the nursery can look forward to a future of home grown produce.”

The work had been organised and designed by artist and school grounds professional, Nicola Marray-Woods, who said: “All the Mars Food projects I run for the various shifts have to involve growing, cooking or eating food to fit with the company’s remit. What is unique about this project is that they will be able to carry out all three in the same space. 

“As a forest school leader myself, it is especially lovely to help create something that will get these very young children outside, enjoying and learning in a beautiful environment.”

Mrs Govett said: “We would also like to thank Golden Tree Surgeons who kindly donated the large load of woodchip to create safe natural surfaces around the vegetable patches and snack area. 

“The college has also been hugely supportive of the project from the beginning.”

The nursery is based at the college’s Tennyson Avenue site. Call 01553 815348.