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Silver Tree Primary School children recive the cheque from Taylor Wimpey.
Silver Tree Primary School children recive the cheque from Taylor Wimpey.
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A primary school in Durham has added to its new outdoor reading area, thanks to cash help from a building developer.

Silver Tree Primary School, in Ushaw Moor, has been handed £500 by Taylor Wimpey, which is building homes in the area.

The school, which has 182 pupils, will use the money to provide seating and landscaping for its‘ Silver Trees’ quiet reading space.

Headteacher John Trueman said: “We currently don’t have an area outside for our pupils to relax or read books, and we hope our ‘Silver Trees’ project will offer a different setting during lunch and play times at the school.

“Taylor Wimpey’s donation has helped massively with the project and all of the students and staff at Silver Tree are extremely grateful for the support.”

The quiet zone will incorporate sculptures that were previously installed in the centre of Ushaw Moor, carrying on the village’s legacy for future generations of school children.

Karl Morton, sales and marketing director at Taylor Wimpey North East, says: “Our Middlewood Moor development is located in the heart of Ushaw Moor, so we’re aware of the vital role the school plays in the local community.

“We’re absolutely delighted to help Silver Tree install this creative space for their pupils and hope everybody enjoys using it.”

To find out more about the Middlewood Moor development, call 01226 449 509 or visit