SCHOOL pupils have helped design a community garden at a popular beauty spot.
Youngsters from across South Derbyshire have been working with Severn Trent Water employees as part of a bid to spruce up Staunton Harold Reservoir near Melbourne.
In just one day, parts of the area were transformed as volunteers from the water giant redeveloped the site, using designs created by the youngsters.
Community and volunteering manager for Severn Trent Leanne Town said: “Wendy Earp, chairman of Melbourne Parish Council, joined us to officially open the garden along with school pupils. We are now welcoming all visitors to Staunton Harold Reservoir to spend the time in the wonderful new facility on site, while learning about water efficiency and sustainability messages.
“In the weeks leading up to the build of the garden, our team of volunteers worked with schools.
“Pupils were incredibly enthusiastic and created garden designs to give the team some ‘food for thought’ – you can imagine how creative their designs were.
“The team also visited schools to engage with pupils and they delivered talks on the water cycle and our key water messages.”
Volunteer team leader Anna Afiontzi said: “Being a part of the scheme was an exciting opportunity for us to work together as a team while engaging with pupils transforming an area at Staunton Harold Reservoir into an inviting and educational feature for visitors.”
The results, which include a levelling of the area, a new pathway, a peaceful bench area, coppiced fencing (made from recycled wood on site), water-efficient plants and much more have brought the area to life.
The team fund-raised to buy their materials and received support from businesses in the area.
Wendy McClay, site manager at Staunton Harold, said: “The garden is a great achievement for the team of volunteers and I want to say a huge thank you to both them and the pupils.
“We’re delighted with the outcome and it has given us a great opportunity to talk to our visitors and share our key water-saving messages.”