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Catton Path New Path – A Total Norfolk Collaboration in Materials and Labour

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On the 24th October, I had a great day out with the children from Hall School in Norwich.

We recently built them a new path to join their school to Catton Park enabling the children to get to the park in all weathers via a purpose built path for all abilities.

Eight years ago Giles put in a few miles of hoggin paths at Catton Park as part of an access for all project opened by the Duke of Kent so it was great for us to work there again. It was also good to take a look at how well the original paths we put down had faired over the last eight years. Matt, a park warden said that the paths get a foot fall of approximately 200 people a day so it was great to see them looking as fresh as the day they were laid.

This project though was a little different to the one we did eight years ago; The money was all raised by fundraising starting off with us sourcing £1500.00 from an anonymous donor by a London developer and the committee headed by Mandy Smith putting in great effort and raising the remaining 6k.

It was a great project from another angle swell – the fact they we are a Norfolk based company with our offices in the Fenland village of Welney and Frimstone, the company who supplied the hoggin for the paths is also a Norfolk company making it a very environmentally friendly project – everything for the project came from or was sourced from Norfolk culminating in a 100% Norfolk collaboration! Even the stone used was the famous Norfolk carstone!

The path opening was a great day enabling the children to have unlimited access to the park for the very first time. I was privileged to join the grand opening  procession with the school teachers and children as they used it to get to the harvest festival service at Catton Church.

Hall School is truly a special school – from the dedication of the wonderful teachers and the amazing commitment of the parent teachers and most of all the infectious enthusiasm of the children – they really did make me feel very welcome. One of the pupils even volunteered to be a Giles Landscapes sales rep for the day – carrying our advertising board along the procession!

The experience of wonderful appreciation by parents and children was on par with the BBC Little Miracles DIY SOS that we were involved with a few weeks before.

So thank you all at Hall School with a special mention to Mandy for making us feel so welcome!

– Roger

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