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Site manager paves the way for new playground equipment at Churchdown school

A local site manager helped an infant school in Churchdown save thousands of pounds, after excavating a derelict playground, ready for brand new play equipment to be installed.

Pupils at Parton Manor Infant School will now be able to use the rejuvenated playground after Colin Wedge, site manager at Ashberry Homes' nearby Pirton Fields development, offered his services to the school.

Colin and his assistant Luke Nicholls, who are based at the development a mile away from the school, completed the excavation in a single day. The work, which typically costs around £2,000, has helped transform the outdoor space.

Colin said: "It was great to give something back to the local community and I thought it would be good to offer our help to Parton Manor to see what could be done.

"After a couple of visits to the school to see what we were working with, we took the team up on a Saturday and got the work completed in a single day.

"It has been great to help the school out in a small community and this type of work goes a long way. There are a couple of families who have moved onto the development with children who attend the school, so it's good to foster good relationships between us."

The playground space, which had been dormant for two years, will now have a brand new trampoline, swinging ropes and trim trail installed and ready to use.

Di Blackburn, federation business manager at Parton Manor, said: "We were approached by Colin, who very kindly offered his services to us, which has been a massive benefit to the school.

"With the school funds so tight now, it was great of Colin and his team to help us out by delivering the work. When we were offered help free of charge, we snapped his hand off as this sort of help is difficult to get a hold of.

"Everyone is looking forward to the equipment being installed, especially the trampoline, which will be great fun for the children.

"We want to thank Colin, and the wider team at Ashberry Homes for helping us out and supporting the local community school."

Pirton Fields is a development of 465 homes being delivered by Ashberry Homes and Bellway, on land off Cheltenham Road East.

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