Gar­den­ing in teacher’s hon­our

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Farewell To Staff -

A re­tir­ing teacher was given a sur­prise on the last day of term when pupils un­veiled a wildlife gar­den in her hon­our.

As­sis­tant head teacher Ruth Runci­man has been work­ing with chil­dren at Willes­bor­ough Ju­nior School for the past 20 years.

The Year 5 classes have been busy all year restor­ing a wildlife gar­den to cre­ate habi­tats for rep­tiles, hedge­hogs, bees and in­sects, and last week it was named the Runci­man Wildlife Gar­den.

Work in­cluded plant­ing a wild­flower meadow bed, re-lin­ing and fill­ing the pond, putting in a so­lar foun­tain and bring­ing in a fish – which they have named Barry.

Mrs Runci­man said: “To find out that Year 5 have im­proved the gar­den made me re­ally happy.

“When I dis­cov­ered that it was to be named af­ter me, it made me feel very emo­tional and proud of all the chil­dren in­volved.”

Ruth Runci­man has re­tired from Willes­bor­ough Ju­nior School af­ter 20 years

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