Ruffley Officially Opens Early Years Garden at Bacton Community Primary School

Friday, 28 May, 2004

David Ruffley will officially open the new Early Years Garden at Bacton Primary School on Friday, 28 May at 1.30 p.m. at the invitation of Mrs Caroline Coles, Headteacher.

The School was disappointed that their application to the National Lottery was unsuccessful so they turned to David Ruffley for help. David successfully lobbied the two Suffolk County Councillors who represent the School's catchment area, Sue Sida-Lockett and Jeremy Clover. They were each able to provide £500 for the garden from their locality budget.

The Early Years Garden will be an 'outside classroom' and includes a sensory area, a bog garden, and an all-weather surface with small-scale climbing equipment. Although enjoyed by all young children, it will particularly benefit children with special educational needs.

David said: 'When Caroline Coles asked me to help them secure funding for the garden I was only too pleased to assist. I visited the school last year and was most impressed by their commitment to the future of the school. The garden is an excellent initiative so I was delighted when County Councillors Sue Sida-Lockett and Jeremy Clover pledged their support.'