A LIVING fence is improving playtime at a Warwick primary school in more ways than one.
Westgate Primary pupils helped plant a variety of greenery, including ivy, at the foot of the new playground fence, which includes a grid to encourage the plants to climb.
The eco-friendly addition also aims to help make pupils feel even more safe and secure.
It was installed on the school’s lower playground over the summer holidays.
Headteacher Matthew Watson said: “We have worked hard to get a design which offers safety and security but also fits with our eco-schools agenda. The ivy that has been planted will eventually grow to full height to create a green wall of foliage.
“I would like to offer my thanks to Warwickshire County Council for funding the project and for listening to our requirements and wishes. It certainly beats a stark metal fence.”
Warwickshire County Councillor John Holland, supported and helped plan the project along with charity Barnardo’s which runs the Westgate Children and Family Centre on the same site.
He added: “This is an excellent example of improving the environment, and the ‘living fence’ design is part of a wider project to improve safety for the children.
“Environmentally friendly design is the way forward. The ‘living fence’ will, of course, take time to grow.
“As part of a programme to improve safety for children in Warwick, the main entrance to Westgate Primary School has also been improved and the zebra crossing that has been installed on Cape Road is part of a ‘Safer Routes to School’ programme.
“We need to give our children the best possible start in life.”