PUPILS at a Boldon primary school now have a haven to call their own thanks to an international paint company.
AkzoNobel donated £3,500 to East Boldon Primary School in Front Street to help revamp an overgrown garden area.
The work was carried out as part of a second phase at sprucing up land at the front of the school to give pupils more areas to learn and play.
Headteacher Vivien Gasston said: “We had already completed tidying up one area of the garden, but the second phase of the area was so overgrown, it couldn’t be accessed by the children.
“But thanks to the company we have been able to turn it into a science and sensory area.”
The garden consists of a range of habitats for mini-beasts, a hedgehog shelter and willow hut and was created with the help of volunteers from AkzoNobel, members of the parents and teachers association and pupils.
The money was also used to buy binoculars and magnifying glasses for the youngsters to use.
Mrs Gasston added: “The children and staff are absolutely overwhelmed by the company’s generosity to enable to to make the area so exciting for the children.
“We would just like to thank everyone involved especially Louise Carr, the volunteers and our caretaker David Orr for all their hard work.”
AkzoNobel, whose global headquarters are in Amsterdam, is a global paints and coatings company and a producer of speciality chemicals.