Ribbon-cutting marks the official opening of the new allotment summerhouse for Churchill Park Academy. Picture: Matthew Usher

A new summerhouse was  officially opened on Wednesday at a North Lynn allotment.

Donations and an online GoFundMe page have seen £4,000 raised to pay for  the summerhouse/outdoor classroom with toilets for use by youngsters and adults from Fairstead’s Churchill Park Academy.

The project was spearheaded by Glenn Russell, a teaching assistant at the Winston Churchill Drive school.

Mr Russell said the large summerhouse, which measures 32ft by 17ft, will allow use all year round with space to work indoors during the winter.

He said it had taken 10 months to  raise enough money for the project.

The building at the Front Way allotments was opened by one of the project’s main sponsors, Timmy Simper, of Lynn.

Pigeon racing enthusiast Mr Simper, of SBS Lofts, helped to raise £1,900 towards the project.

Gayton firm McDonnell Caravans donated £1,000.

“The children and adults will be able to use it and have packed lunch there. 

“There are also toilets and we hope to do crafts in the winter, and make  planters,” said Mr Russell.

The summerhouse was completed last month but has not been used until this week’s official unveiling.

Mr Russell said the academy has now been offered an adjacent allotment which he hopes to clear during the winter.

“We have started planting our winter veg and have now been offered the adjacent allotment as well,” he said.