Partners create magical garden


A school in Toxteth finally has a green space after Plus Dane Group brought a group of businesses together to make it happen.

A school in Toxteth finally has a green space after a group of businesses joined together to make it happen.

A little-used, overgrown yard at St Silas Primary has become a blooming flower and vegetable garden with the help of Casey Construction, Total Glass and Neighbourhood investor Plus Dane Group.

Pupil Haila El-Soufir said: “We’re always planting things and having packed lunches out there. It’s really fun and it’s great to have a place like this. We’ve grown strawberries, beans, peas and potatoes. Recently we got to eat the strawberries, they were so much nicer than ones from the shop.”

Another, David Brownsea, added: “I like growing food and now grow food at home, too.”

The project came out of Plus Dane’s recent upgrades to properties in the Welsh Streets area of Liverpool 8, including new windows and doors.

Plus Dane’s Customer Liaison Officer, Julie Andrews, was chatting to St Silas’s headteacher, Jonathan Nicols, about how the organisation could do something to support the school’s wellbeing work when she had the idea of creating a garden in a large yard at the back of the school.

Previously the school, which was built in the 19th century, had no green space on site.

Contractors Total Glass donated a green house and Casey Construction donated two workers to clear the site and prepare the ground. Plus Dane donated seeds and planters.

St Silas learning mentor Audrey Ashton – who along with Liverpool City Council project worker Donna Palmer looks after the garden at weekends and during school holidays - said: “It looks magical and the children love being out here working on it. It helps promote healthy living, social and language skills and all round wellbeing.”