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Weston College students have volunteered their time to totally revamp a memorial garden at a specialist school in the town.

The seven students chose to work on the garden at Baytree School, near Locking Castle, after learning about team building, leadership and other social development skills on their Aspirations course at College.

Baytree School is a specialist school for young people aged three to 19 with severe learning difficulties and/or profound and multiple learning difficulties.

Their Star Memorial Garden in memory of deceased pupils and staff at the school was in need of renovation and a ‘freshen-up’, so the Weston students decided it would be the perfect place to carry out community work.

Over the course of three weeks the students allocated roles, budgeted, contacted local suppliers for help and then set to work cleaning paving stones, painting woodwork, digging weeds and planting trees.

The school was very impressed by the students’ hard work and a grand opening saw the Mayor of Weston Cllr Roz Willis attend, among other invited guests.

Andy Roynon, 18, one of the Aspirations students, said: "We al had a variety of roles. Mine was health and safety, so I had to carry out a risk assessment and make sure everyone was working safely.

"It was hard work but a lot of fun and I was very proud when the Mayor came to see what we’d achieved."

Weston Bay Deputy (Autism Spectrum) and Image and Inclusive Practice lecturer Danielle Day said: "The Aspirations Course supports students on the Autism Spectrum.

"As part of this students have the opportunity to carry out a community project to gain valuable independent living, employability skills and confidence for employment. They have done a wonderful job with the Star garden." 

PICTURE shows Weston College students and staff of Weston College and Baytree School with Weston Mayor Cllr Roz Willis in the Star Memorial Garden.

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