Bugler Group were approached by Granta School, a local authority area special school in Cambridgeshire, to help the children and staff gain accessible access to a wooded area which backs onto the facility and is leased from a local farmer. The wooded area known as “Forest School” includes a mix of flowers, trees, insects and wildlife provides a sensory experience in a controlled environment for the children. Unfortunately, there was no direct access from the school with pupils and staff having to make an 800 metre journey around public footpaths. This made the land and experience inaccessible to some of the children.
Bugler were delighted to be given the opportunity, so with the help of Ashvale Civil Engineering, Stratton and Hesler Carpentry, Beaumont Forest Products and Swift Metalwork over the course of a few months laid the foundations and constructed a wooden bridge across a ditch providing quick access to the land for all of the children including wheelchair users.
Jeremy Graham – Operations Director at Bugler said: “We as House builders look to proactively involve ourselves with and add value to local communities. With the help of various contractors and over 1000 nails and bolts the construction of the bridge was finished over the summer holiday. It is a great pleasure to be able to help build a permanent direct connection from the school to the land that should last for many years to come.”
Lucie Calow – Head Teacher at Granta said: “Pupils have been watching the development of the forest schools land with real excitement. Three lucky children were the first to cross the bridge this week. We cannot say thank you enough to the local family who have given us land access and of course to Buglers. Not only has Buglers built us a wonderful bridge, but they have also provided a beautiful gate based on pupil design ideas. The outside world has become accessible to all our pupils. We are truly grateful.