Pupils are wild about wetland

Widow Angela Tate with pupils from Holley Park Primary School in Washington, in the new wetland park in the school garden created by her late Husband Peter., who died the day it was completed.
Widow Angela Tate with pupils from Holley Park Primary School in Washington, in the new wetland park in the school garden created by her late Husband Peter., who died the day it was completed.
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AN inspirational gardener was remembered at the opening of a school wetlands area.

Holley Park Primary School held a special ceremony to officially open its new £10,000 Wetter and Wilder outdoor area, which was the brainchild of Peter Tate.

Sadly, Peter died of heart failure at the age of 65 on the day the project was completed, so he never got to see his idea come to fruition.

The area of the school ground was previously unusable due to being waterlogged and Peter came up with the idea of a mini wetland area.

Peter’s vison was granted lottery funding and there is now a viewing platform, a hide with a sedum roof and a variety of plants.

The aim is to attract a wide variety of wildlife for the children to study and increase their outdoor learning.

Peter’s widow, Angela, and his three children, went along to the opening ceremony of the Oxclose school’s new wetland area where headteacher, Sharon Wright, paid tribute to Peter, a former forestry officer for Sunderland City Council.

Peter, a grandfather-of-three, became a friend of the school a number of years ago and worked on numerous outdoor projects, including creating a willow maze, and also ran the school’s craft club before becoming too ill.

Mrs Wright said: “Peter was the single most influential person in the life of Holley Park Primary School.

“We were the envy of every school in the city and the North East to have him, with his huge level of expertise and imagination.

“Peter came to the school every day and spent hours working on projects and I would like to thank his family for allowing us to have so much of his time.”

Angela, said: “He really enjoyed spending time at the school. He loved being outdoors.”

She said visiting the school for the opening of the wetland area was hugely emotional for her.

After the opening ceremony the school choir entertained the guests in the school hall.

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