An MP has welcomed the news a Shipley primary school has secured £2,500 from a green grant from the Bupa Foundation.
More than 1,000 schools and charities applied for the cash to fund projects such as outdoor classrooms, forest schools and sensory gardens.
Shipley C of E Primary School was one of 165 schools and 76 community groups to be successful. It will now be given the money to support the creation of a purpose-built reading and writing area with outdoor garden provision.
In a letter to Mr Davies, Bupa said: “The project received investment following your efforts to highlight the funding opportunity to them” and “will directly benefit 170 pupils”.
Mr Davies said: “I am delighted that Shipley C of E Primary was chosen to receive the top-level award. Time spent outdoors in green spaces has been shown to improve health and wellbeing and I know the children will benefit from this new area. I look forward to hearing how the project is progressing and visiting to see it for myself once it is completed.”
The Bupa Foundation awarded more than £500,0000 to green projects from money raised as part of Bupa Global and UK’s Healthy Cities initiative which saw Bupa people, partners and customers collectively walk nearly one billion steps in June.
Anna Russell, Director of the Bupa Foundation, said: “People’s health and planet health are inextricably linked, which is why it is essential that we work to increase access to nature and green spaces.
“We received over 1,000 applications for funding and the standard of applications made the judging process incredibly difficult.”