IMAGINATIVE children at North Yorkshire primary school are finding lots of great uses for building materials donated by a local developer.

Dens, a mini-beast hotel and a planting area are just some of the things that children at Sowerby Community Primary School have created with materials donated by Mulberry Homes Yorkshire.

The school approached the developer to see if could spare materials from its nearby development known as The Oaks so it could create a new children’s garden.

Mulberry and its contractor, Moody Construction, were happy to help and sent bricks, pallets, wood and other materials used to build houses.

They have proven so popular that Mulberry is now preparing to make a second delivery.

Keeley Ungerechts, Head-teacher at Sowerby Community Primary School, said: “The children really look forward to break and lunch-time to they can get outside and play in the new garden.

“The materials donated by Mulberry are being used to create dens, hides, houses and even a mini-bug hotel.

“One boy saw a bee in the hotel that was not moving and he took it home and revived it with a bit of water and sugar after being told that this is what you do to help them.

“Both boys and girls are using the garden and whilst, on the surface, they may think it’s all about having fun, there is a serious educational side to it as it encouraging them to work together as a team, how to measure, and being creative.

“We couldn’t be more pleased and we would like to thank Mulberry Homes Yorkshire for this donation.”

Melanie Powls, Sales Advisor at Mulberry Homes Yorkshire, said: “We have forged an excellent relationship with the school since we started building homes at Sowerby, and some of the children now live in the homes.

“We were only too pleased to donate materials and we are delighted that they are being put to very creative and imaginative use.”

Mulberry Homes Yorkshire also recently donated three iPads to the school so they can start a new film and animation club.