Local businesses focus on community roots by building a new forestry school for Libanus Primary School

Students at an elementary school in Blackwood will enjoy a brand new forest area this summer thanks to the generosity of a local business.

Senior Flexonics Crumlin, a sales, engineering and innovation center based in Pen-Y-Fan Industrial Estate, was looking for a community environmental improvement project that their team could support. Libanus Primary School was the perfect choice because their forest area, Y Goedwig, had fallen into disrepair.

Once the primary school was on board, the Senior Flexonics Crumlin team, led by Human Resources Manager Claire Parsons, sprang into action, designing the new forest area, approaching local businesses for material donations, cleaning up the existing site and building the new playground. from zero.

Nicola Williams, Principal of Libanus Primary School, said: “Like most schools, the past few years have been difficult and with limited resources our forest area has fallen off the priority list, so when we We were approached by Senior Flexonics Crumlin, we jumped at the offer to have Y Goedwig completely overhauled.

“The forest space the team has created for the students is absolutely amazing. They’ve gone above and beyond to build something kids will enjoy for years to come. We are very grateful for all their hard work and would like to thank Claire and her team as well as Mill Timber Direct for their generous contributions.

The new forest area has been fully landscaped and now includes water features, mud kitchens, rope climbs, fantasy areas, a bug house and even a fire pit.

Claire said: “We were looking for an opportunity to support our local community in an environmental improvement project and what better than a local primary school which will greatly benefit from this new forest area for many years to come. We knew we could do something special for the school and it was thanks to the team at Senior Flexonics Crumlin who worked tirelessly on the project.

“The whole team has been mobilized to make this company a success and we are delighted with the result; we hope the revamped Y Goedwig will bring joy to Libanus students for many years to come.

In addition to Senior Flexonics Crumlin donating their time, funds and resources, Croespenmaen-based Mill Timber Direct donated materials for the project free of charge. This included planks for the paths, tree stumps around the hearth, wood for the earthen kitchens, poles for the rope climb and crosspieces to build vegetable, herb and flower planters. .

Steve Thomas, Sales Manager at Mill Timber Direct, said: “This is such a great project that we are really delighted to have been able to do our part to support Senior Flexonics Crumlin and Libanus Primary School. We’ve seen what they’ve been able to accomplish with their time and hard work, and they’ve done a great job.

In addition to Mill Timber Direct, other local businesses have supported the project with various materials; Hughes Forest, Blackwood reduced the cost of chips, slate, bark and soil, Brecon Design produced bespoke spikes to secure the path, Plumbtech installed a water tap in the area; not charging for their work, John Phillips Contractors Limited cut all the brambles to make it a safer starting point for the Senior Flexonics team and SL Recycling provided two skips free of charge.

Claire said: “It was really amazing to see how the business community came together to help build the forest area. When we started I could never have imagined the generosity we saw, we are so grateful to everyone who got involved.