A SCHOOL garden which was neglected due to funding cuts has been restored to its former glory thanks to a team of parent volunteers.

Mudeford Community Infants School's learning garden was created in 2013 but had fallen into disrepair.

Since January this year the parents have been working hard to restore it and it has now been officially reopened.

At the reopening ceremony pupils from the school met the volunteers who have helped with the project.

Volunteer mum Julie Ransom said: ‘It’s more important than ever with the pressures facing our planet that children understand and develop a love of the natural environment and know where their food comes from.

"Being part of the team gives me the chance to help the children develop new skills, learn about plants and the wildlife they support and enjoy the outdoors."

Head teacher Daniel Pope added: "We are delighted with what the parents have achieved over the past few months. The garden now provides a fantastic facility for outdoor learning. From now on, the children will be using the garden as part of an enrichment programme that has been developed to link activities to the curriculum."

Children will grow fruit and vegetables, sow seeds and look after them before eating their produce.

The project has been supported by a number of businesses and organisations including Eco Sustainable Solutions, Stewarts Garden Centre, Maidenhead Aquatics, the Friends of Mudeford Community Infants School and B&Q Christchurch.

However, the garden still has areas that need to be restored and Mr Pope said he hopes to hear from any other individuals or businesses who could sponsor new benches, replace an old greenhouse or buy fruit trees, bird feeders, nest boxes or learning resources.

The garden renovation has been coordinated by Vicky Myers who can be contacted via vicky_myers@me.com or phone 07900 392772.