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Curo, the Bath-based housing association and housebuilder, has donated £2,000 to Peasedown St John Primary School, funding a brand-new conservation area. This space is now a hub for forest school activities, where students are learning about the environment and sustainability.

The donation was presented to the school by Curo’s Sales Team, and Councillor Karen Walker, Chair of Bath and North East Somerset Council and Independent Member for Peasedown. They were warmly welcomed by Ruth Noall, Head Teacher, along with the school’s dedicated ‘Eco’ and ‘Nature’ student teams, who proudly showed off their flourishing garden, including impressive rhubarb and tomato plants.

“We want to crush, can and share these to help those in need,” one student explained.

Ruth Noall, Headteacher at Peasedown St John Primary School, said, “We are very grateful for this generous donation from Curo which has enabled us to dedicate a large area to conservation and gardening. This supports every aspect of our curriculum as well as enabling children to learn gardening skills. Thanks to this investment our gardening club has already achieved Level 1 for the RHS School Gardening Awards and are now working towards Level 2.”

Jodie Winter, Sales Manager at Curo Group, added, “Curo is completely committed to supporting the communities that we develop in. We’re going to be neighbours, after all! It’s great to see the direct impact our contribution makes to the children’s education and wellbeing. We look forward to doing more with the school as our development nearby progresses.”

Councillor Karen Walker commented, “Peasedown St John Primary School is a major part of our community, delivering a very versatile education. I am happy to have been able to secure £2,000 funding from Curo for the children to enjoy a very much-needed conservation area on the grounds of their school. A big thank you to Curo!”

This donation comes as Curo prepares to build 51 new homes at Hawthorn Rise in Peasedown St John, of which 30% will be affordable housing. This includes 11 homes available at social rent and four homes accessible through the Shared Ownership scheme. Prospective buyers will be able to register their interest on the Curo website: to receive updates about this exciting new development.