School opens new garden from waste

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Nidderdale High School celebrated the opening of a new Heritage Garden in the Pastoral area of its grounds recently.

The facility has been developed on a piece of wasteland as a voluntary project by a group of former students of the school who are currently studying on a Heritage Course with the AONB.

The five boys tackled the difficult job with pick-axes and spades, clearing the site of rocks and finally laying a lawn and planting shrubs.

The garden was officially opened by Headteacher Ian Simpson who was delighted that former students wanted to work on a voluntary project to support their school.

Mr Simpson said: “I am so proud that these five students have created this garden for all staff and students to use.

“It is a wonderful calm area that we will all be able to enjoy.”

The garden was made possible by the tireless fundraising efforts of two grandparents of students at the school, Maria Atha and Yvonne Brown.

They had seen the area during meetings with the pastoral team and decided to raise some funds to start the project.

They were kindly supported by local businesses and residents in Nidderdale, Harrogate and Ripon.