EVERYTHING is blooming lovely at a Jarrow school, thanks to a £500 grant.
Epinay Business and Enterprise School in Jarrow has been given the cash as part of the National Lottery-funded Big Local scheme.
The money enabled the school to buy tools for pupils with additional needs, plus uniforms for volunteers to wear to make them easily identifiable in the school garden.
The scheme will also allow the Clervaux Terrace school to buy bedding plants and seeds to get the green scheme going.
The Friends of Epinay School group has also been given a grant to improve and extend the school’s community café to include an outdoor seating area.
After-school garden club organiser Jane Cargill said: “The club is run by school staff, parents and community volunteers and has proved to be very popular, with pupils of all ages enjoying outdoor activities.
“The money is a big boost for moving forward with future development plans.”
Other grants worth up to £500 have been awarded in central Jarrow to a residents’ association, to buy wildflowers and bedding plants, and Queens Road Day Centre, to pay for a combined TV and DVD player.
Clervaux Nursery School, in Clervaux Terrace, is also being given grant money to stage a campfire cookery day.
The community grants are administered by Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle.
Groundwork executive director Andrew Watts said: “The grant has been developed to support local community groups and to benefit residents of the central Jarrow area.
“Those applying for funding must fit one of the six priority themes, which include children and young people, health, the economy and the environment.
“It’s fantastic that we are in a position to be able to awards grants to community groups looking to make a real difference.”
For information about applying for a grant, call Anne Corrigian on 0744 249 3923 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.