Cherry Grove Parent and Teacher Association (PTA) in Boughton has been awarded a grant to improve the school grounds for children.

The £500 comes from Equilibrium Asset Management’s Chester Community Support Scheme.

Plans are in place to attract more wildlife, such as birds, bees and butterflies, to the grounds by providing children, parents and carers with the opportunity to plant an array of flowers and vegetables.

Doing so will provide new opportunities to learn about the environment, with the school developing a programme of community events to enable this to happen.

Speaking about the award of the £500 grant, chairman Gemma Vernon said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been successful in our application to the Equilibrium’s Community Support Scheme. The money will allow us to transform an unloved area of school grounds into a fantastic nature area to be enjoyed by the whole school as well as the wider community.

“We plan to plant a wildflower area and build bee houses with the children to attract bees to the area. We will be planting up some unused raised beds with vegetables and also adding some bird feeders and tables to attract more birdlife.

“Finally, a seating area will be added for people to sit and watch the delights of nature in action.”

Cherry Grove Primary School pupil waters newly-planted flowers in the schools new wildlife area

Andrew Hirst, partner at Equilibrium Asset Management, said: “I am pleased to see that our latest initiative, the Chester Community Support Scheme, is providing tangible benefits for some of our community’s vital organisations.

“The opportunity the £500 award will provide for pupils at Cherry Grove Primary school to learn about and experience a better environment is really fantastic.

“We were very impressed by Cherry Grove PTA’s application and their plans for the improvement of their school grounds. It will be great to see the children and their parents out there, planting up the grounds and creating a superb green space for the community.”

Equilibrium Asset Management’s Community Support Scheme panel meet every quarter to decide on the award of grants, ranging between £100 and £500 to community organisations and charities.

To apply visit