School’s £9,000 from Lottery will help build chicken run

Michael with Stevie at Forton Primary School which is to be given �9,000 from the Lottery as part of a project for a chicken run. Photo Neil Cross
Michael with Stevie at Forton Primary School which is to be given �9,000 from the Lottery as part of a project for a chicken run. Photo Neil Cross

Community projects and schools across Central Lancashire have been given a share of more than £5.7m in lottery cash.

From chicken runs and outdoor classrooms to trips away for youngsters, the Big Lottery Fund money will support organisations across the North West.

We want our learners to be very active and creative, and part of what we are working on is the creative thinking side and problem solving

Headteacher Lorna Boase

Forton Primary School has been awarded £9,009, which will be used to build an obstacle course and a chicken run in the school’s grounds.

Headteacher Lorna Boase said: “Our grounds are beautiful and we have got a huge amount of space and we are developing our grounds for learning.

“The lottery grant is for a chicken run – we’ve hatched our own chicks and the children will be responsible for them.

“When they start laying we will sell the eggs, and the money will pay for their food.

“We’ve also got funding for an obstacle course, but the structures are very simple so they can be used for other things.

“There’s an ‘up and over’, which could be used to make a den.

“We are very pleased, we want our learners to be very active and creative, and part of what we are working on is the creative thinking side and problem solving.”

Leyland Methodist Junior School is to receive £10,000, towards creating an outdoor learning zone and new path or “trim trail” leading to it.

Year Three teacher Kevin Rothwell said the theme of the path would be Narnia, and would include wooden sculptures.

In Callon, Preston, young people have been given a boost to try to reduce involvement in crime and anti social 
behaviour.

Callon Community Kids Club has been awarded £10,000, which will be used to provide sports activities, day trips and a residential visit.