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Southern Water dips in to help school pond

A school’s pond will flourish with wildlife thanks to help from Southern Water.

The company is helping pupils at Ashford Oaks Primary School create a wildlife haven with a grant from its Community Chest scheme.

Community Chest supports charities and good causes with donations towards projects.

The school, in Oak Tree Road, is redeveloping the area around its pond and wants new plants to encourage insects to make it their home.

Terry Nettleship, the school’s site manager, said: “We’re hugely grateful to Southern Water for its help. The school council, which is made up of children from each class, will be delighted to hear the news and so will the staff as they often sit by the pond to eat their lunch.”

Kevin Buck, who co-ordinates Southern Water’s Community Chest scheme, said: “We are pleased to be able to help the pupils of Ashford Oaks with their pond restoration project. The need to create havens for wildlife in our increasingly-concreted world is an important lesson for us all.”

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