Legacy project creates peace garden for community

Hathershaw College Peace Garden

A leading aeration specialist has left a lasting impression near to one of their recent projects as part of their new legacy campaign.

Rossendale-based Suprafilt has helped to create a peace garden at Hathershaw College in Oldham after upgrading the nearby sewage treatment works.

Suprafilt, alongside main contractor Laing O’Rourke (LiMA) and water company United Utilities, listened to the wishes of the school  and have tried to incorporate their ideas into the design of the garden.

The school, which has a large number of students with special educational needs and hearing impairments, hopes the garden will provide a space for the whole community to benefit from.

Assistant Principal and Safeguarding Lead, Ashley Travis, said: “The sensory element of the garden is fantastic from a wellbeing perspective. It’s a really busy school so the more areas for peace and quiet and reflection the better.

“The garden is also accessible to the public and neighbouring community centre and will be used throughout the year. The majority of housing nearby is terraced so this will mean the youngsters from the community now have somewhere on their doorstep to enjoy.”

The space was formerly just a field filled with old tree stumps, surrounded by the community centre on one side and school hall and classrooms on the other.

Jonathan Lord, Contracts Director at Suprafilt, said the team have enjoyed working on the project.

“The legacy project has been something very different to our day-to-day work. The chimes that have been installed have been sprayed with a variety of brightly colours paints and have been designed and manufactured to play the Westminster Chimes. We hope the children get a lot of joy from them in the years to come.”

The new garden also features a solar water feature a range of different materials such as pebbles, wood, grass and concrete, as well as a variety of exotic and sensory plants, such as bamboo. There is also a covered area for the children to stand under.

Adam Rawling, Project Leader at LiMA, said: “We’re really pleased with the results. It has exceeded expectations. If it wasn’t for our supply chain and sub-contractors we wouldn’t have got it done. Everyone has volunteered their time, resources and materials. The chimes Suprafilt have fabricated look really striking and the children will enjoy playing with them for years to come.”

Lucy Barnes, Project Manager for United Utilities, said: “It has been a real team effort from everyone at Laing O’Rourke and the supply chain partners. Suprafilt have been a key contributor to our work in cleaning up the river Medlock. We couldn’t have done the project without them.”