Lakeside employees worked with the pupils to restore their play area
After a break-in to the school grounds which saw vandals cause damage to the much-loved outdoor play area, intu Lakeside purchased new fences, a climbing frame and artificial grass for the area, as well as donating hedgehog igloos, bird feeders and bug catchers gifted by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).Woodside Primary Academy play area before artificial grass was added
Woodside Academy’s vice principal, Ms. Ryder, said: “We were devastated to see what had happened to our early years outdoor environment. The children, staff and parents have worked so hard over the years to make this an exciting and stimulating learning space. We can’t thank intu Lakeside enough for their support in returning this area to a safe and exciting space for the children. Nothing was too much trouble for them.”
intu Lakeside’s regional centre director, Howard Oldstein, said: “After hearing the school’s plea for help in December, we immediately saw an opportunity for us to help and take this on as a community project. At intu, it’s important for us to keep our local communities thriving, to create strong community partnerships and to care for the environment; together with Woodside Academy we have created a place for children to enjoy and flourish in.”Woodside Primary Academy play area after artificial grass was added
intu Lakeside, the home to hundreds of stores, restaurants and entertainment venues, is this year undergoing a £72 million retail and leisure development that is set to include a Nickelodeon family entertainment centre, a Flip Out trampoline park, Hollywood Bowl bowling alley and Puttshack mini golf experience.