Members of the Bourne Leisure sales team headed to Gateshead to help build an outdoor learning environment at a primary school attended by the son of Dawson & Sanderson senior agent Katie Thompson.

The team headed to Whickham Parochial School after Katie put the marsh garden project forward as an entry in this year’s Bourne Community Champions competition.

The school received £1,000 towards the cost of materials, and the assistance of Bourne Leisure head of trade sales and marketing Erman Housein, trade sales executive Gemma Wilks and marketing executive Faye Flower.

Travel Weekly once again worked with Bourne Leisure on the competition, and managing editor Robin Searle headed north to join the team, which also included Bourne Leisure PR assistant Natasha Peters, headteacher Peter Armstrong and early years director Tanya Wood.bourne-insert

Housein said: “We are hugely proud of our Bourne Community Champions initiative and this year we have completed another very successful project for a truly deserving cause.

“Whickham Primary School wanted to ensure the children had an interactive wildlife area on the grounds. We took on the challenge and turned an empty area of the school into a thriving marsh garden, which we hope will soon be bursting with wildlife for the children to study.”

Katie said: “I know how important this interactive wildlife area is to the children. With the help of the ‘Friends of Whickham Parochial School’ group, which helps to raise funds to support transformations at the school, and the Bourne Leisure Community Champions team, the school now has a wonderful area for the children to learn all about nature.

“The passion from everyone on the day was phenomenal and I know this will make a significant difference to the children, driving their imagination and fascination with the UK’s wildlife.”

Gallery: See the full transformation