July 14, 2014 10.01 am This story is over 89 months old

Building firm help Lincoln pupils create vegetable patches

Working together: A local construction company teamed up with primary pupils to build planters at their school.

A Lincoln construction firm have teamed up with schoolchildren at a city primary school to help them create their own vegetable garden.

Staff from Simons Group helped schoolchildren at St Hugh’s Catholic Primary School finish vegetable patches for the different age groups, which aims to help children learn how to grow vegetables in different seasons.

The work was part of the firm’s “Simons Says” competition, which was held locally to raise engagement in health and safety.

The competition also helps to engage with the community in order to improve the image of construction. Eventually it’s hoped the competition can be rolled out nationally.

The competition also enlisted the help on fashion students at the University of Lincoln.

One of the school’s pupils, Alessandro Tasselli (11) was the winner of the competition in March, with a costume designed to help communicate health, safety and environmental messages to children on Simons construction sites.

The new planters.

The new planters.

Simons recruited the help of the supply chain who have been working with them on the Waterside Shopping Centre redevelopment. Other key suppliers included Cathedral Joinery to make planters, Simons Scaffolding for logistics and fencing, CLS as excavator and for topsoil, and Cross joint for bark mulch.

Donations also came from Taylor Pearson, Construction Interior Design, Compco, SJG Consultants, Premier Electrical and Delmar Flooring, and drawings from LK2 Architects.

The planters at the school will be complete on Friday, July 18, with volunteers and children filling the planters.

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