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Teams pitch in to create school garden and playing field

Pupils at a primary school in Swansea will soon have a playing field and community garden to enjoy thanks to the hard work of a group of disadvantaged adults.

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Swansea Council's NEAT teams have worked with Sea View Primary School in Mayhill for the project.

The school's headteacher Julie Dunn said pupils were really looking forward to the new open spaces being completed and said it would not have been possible without their help.

The teams are made up of adults with learning disabilities or mental health issues who work alongside council employees on projects to improve communities while developing work skills.

Mrs Dunn said: "We basically started with a derelict piece of land near the school which we adopted and with the contribution of the NEAT teams we've been able to create a community garden and a school field so our children can now play football and use it for sports days and play times. We have also created a woodland area.

"The children of our school and the wider community are all very excited and we cannot wait to start using these outdoor areas."

Deborah Webb, manager of the council's Work Development Service, said during the design of transforming the wasteland school staff, pupils and local residents were asked what they would most like to see.

"The general consensus was that they would like a safe environment to play in, with access to a football pitch, a playground for them to play on and to increase active community participation," she added.

"The teams take great pride in their work and a number of individuals who have worked on this project are from the local area so they are contributing to something that will benefit their whole community.

"They have shown a great work ethic, working through some tough weather conditions, and are looking forward to seeing it being completed.

"It is a great example of how the service aims to support people to play an active role within the local communities by transforming neighbourhoods and creating a cleaner, greener, safer place for residents to live."


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