Rocks Park schoolchildren will soon have their own polytunnel

Flowers and vegetables are flourishing in a garden planted by children at Rocks Park Primary School in Uckfield.

And soon their green fingers will be exercised through the whole school year because a polytunnel is to be added there.

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Green-fingered children from Rocks Park Primary School accept a cheque from SLM Toyota Uckfield. With them, from the left, are Friends of the School Association chair Gemma Morris, SLM Toyota Uckfield general manager Simon Evinson, and marketing manager Mel Ball, and headteacher Andy Best.

Head teacher Andy Best said pupils from each year plant their own crops but miss out on much of the growth because of the long summer holiday.

Now SLM Toyota Uckfield is helping with a project to extend the growing year thanks to a grant from the Toyota Fund for a Better Tomorrow.

The £850 donation will go towards buying the polytunnel.


Mr Best said help like this was much appreciated at a time when budgets were under pressure.

Gemma Morris chair of the friends of the school association welcomed the donation too saying it meant the association’s fund-raising could go further.  Recently, for example, they spent £7,000 on smart screens.

SLM Toyota general manager Simon Evinson said he was pleased to see how Rocks Park was developing its garden. “We didn’t have anything like this when I was at primary school. What a fantastic opportunity for the children. I am pleased we are able to help.”

Summer fair

Rocks Park is preparing for its summer fair on Saturday, June 29, and SLM Toyota will display one of its cars during the afternoon. The event will run from 12.30-4pm.

Last year SLM Toyota enabled refurbishment of a pond at the school and provided a new bridge over it with a £1,750 grant from the Toyota fund. Read more here: Outdoor world of learning opens up at Rocks Park Primary School.

• Another SLM Toyota Uckfield grant from the Toyota fund is going to High Hurstwood Primary School. They will be receiving £875 towards an Eco-Pond Project to enhance their Eco-Garden.

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