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Local Kids Say Big “Thank You” To Marshalls

Children at Hartford Support Unit have said a big “thank you” to hard landscaping suppliers Marshalls, after staff at the St Ives manufacturing site donated time and materials to transform a run-down area at the back of the school into a pleasant and relaxing outdoor space.

The unit, which is run by the Cambridgeshire Secondary Support and Inclusion Service, allows children who are unable to access mainstream education to continue learning in a supported environment. Until the Marshalls team came to the rescue, the children had no outside area in which to play safely.

The Marshalls team of Briston Spencer, Tom Shortall, Tony Biddle and Mark Crook, completed the project in four days. They prepared the site by laying a thick layer of recycled aggregates – all of which were crushed by hand – before using Marshalls’ Heritage paving products to create a weather-proof patio. The run-down space is now an attractive school garden, complete with stone planters for the children to cultivate, cycle racks and an outdoor seating area.

The staff and pupils at Hartford Support Unit are delighted with their new garden. Claire Cousins, of Cambridgeshire Education Other Than At School, said: “We just want to say a big thank you to the team at Marshalls for giving us an area that will enhance our teaching and learning for years to come.”