Pupils at a school in Rutland are enjoying mess-free playtime and learning road safety thanks to their new LazyLawn.
Whissendine Primary School pupils are now racing to use their LazyLawn roadway at playtime after the UK’s biggest artificial grass supplier transformed their playground into a vibrant outdoor space that can be used all year round.
LazyLawn used 350 square metres of Playtime turf to create the bespoke roadway, which is complete with white road markings and a zebra crossing.
The firm has also donated a range of high visibility accessories to the school for Walk to School Month, taking place throughout October, to help get pupils started with their road safety.
Walk to School Month is an international event from Living Streets, which promotes the benefits of walking to school; 81 per cent of parents with children at primary school walked to school, but now only 47 per cent of primary school children walk to school.
Head of the school Megan Lucas said: “We had the artificial grass installed on a part of the playground that was looking tired and didn’t fit in with the rest of our outdoor space.
“We have an exciting, vibrant school and wanted the whole of our playground to match.
“Previously, the area was made up of a criss-cross pathway with worn grass in between and while it was usable, it looked old and caused numerous problems in the winter as it would get very muddy.
“The LazyLawn has proved to be a big hit with the children and their faces lit up when they saw it.
“The area is now used from the moment the children arrive in the morning, for playtime and lunchtime, as well as for learning, and we plan to use it for cycling and road safety lessons in the future.
“The children are also now a lot cleaner, so parents are delighted with the new LazyLawn too.”
In addition to the roadway, LazyLawn has installed an artificial grass covered amphitheatre, providing two rows of seating that provide an ideal venue for outdoor learning.
Andy Driver, marketing director at LazyLawn, which is based in Market Overton, comments: “We are thrilled to hear how popular our LazyLawn has been with pupils at Whissendine Primary School and are pleased to be able to provide a donation of high visibility accessories assist the children with their learning.
“We have also completed installations at a number of other Rutland schools, including schools in Ketton and Cottesmore, which are now benefitting from a low maintenance, no mess outdoor play area.”
The LazyLawn team has also rolled out a pink lawn to raise awareness of the Wear it Pink Day, which is tomorrow in aid of the Breast Cancer Campaign.
LazyLawn, which has its head office in Rutland, will also be taking to social media to raise funds for the charity by donating £1 for every like or share it receives on Facebook and Twitter.