Pirbright Nurture Project- Thank You

There has been a buzz of excitement around Pirbright Village Primary School as the children have returned to find that the new Nurture Farm has been completed!
Members of The Guildford Lions, Deric Quaile, Eric James and Michael Eagle, paid a visit to the school to see the progress on this project they have supported from the start and to meet just some of the pupils who have helped in the construction of the farm.
Project lead, Dan Smith, was on hand to talk them through the work. “It has been a very busy year. Last autumn we began construction of the farm with the support of the school community: the children, parents, grandparents and friends. Members of the school team continued the work during lockdown to transform an underutilised corner of the school grounds into an impressive home for a variety of animals.”
The school will use Animal Assisted Intervention to support the social-emotional well-being of children from across the local area as well as providing valuable outdoor learning experiences. The farm includes allotments and planters so that children can grow produce and food for the animals and there will be opportunities to supplement Forest School sessions with practical hands-on activities in the outdoor environment.
Headteacher, Gavin Dutton, was keen to emphasise the value of the project to children and families across the area: “Obviously, this resource based at the school will be provide brilliant learning opportunities for our pupils, will support the successful integration of our military children and will provide valuable additional pastoral support; however, key to this project is the service it will offer to many other schools and local charities.”
The contribution from the Lions was key to the success of the project which is innovative and exciting. It provided the support it needed to get off the ground and it will have a positive impact on many children’s lives.
The project was also made possible by generous contributions from The Military Covenant Fund and The Community Foundation for Surrey. Families and local supporters also raised over £2000 towards the project.
The Nurture Farm is now home to pygmy goats, ducks, hens, rabbits, guinea pigs and a variety of reptiles. The children at school are getting to know the animals during these first few weeks of term and Nurture Farm will be providing small group and individual sessions to children from across the area. To find out more, please their website