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Children bury time capsule at Retford building site

28 April 2016

Artwork created by children at a Retford school has been buried in a time capsule at a building site for future generations to unearth.

Pupils at Ordsall Primary School were challenged to design a house of the future, complete with eco features to help halt climate change. On Wednesday 60 children made the short walk to Persimmon Homes East Midlands’ Fairways Park development, off West Hill Road. The drawings were put inside a waterproof time capsule and buried on site.

The children also had a chance to see construction in progress at the site and were told about The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accident’s SPLAAT campaign, drilling home the message of Safe Play At All Times.

Philip Torr, construction manager at Persimmon Homes East Midlands, said: “We were delighted to welcome the children of Ordsall Primary School to our Fairways Park development. They have created some fantastic house of the future posters with some really interesting ideas about how eco technology might evolve. These posters will be buried in the ground and who knows, maybe the time capsule will be unearthed one day and people will be able to enjoy the pictures again.

“We love to engage with the communities in which we are active and the children really enjoyed looking around at the big diggers and machinery. The children were challenged to spot SPLAAT banners around the site and I’m confident that they went home with a better understanding of the needs to be safe on building sites.”

Barbara Doughty, headteacher at the school, said: “The children really enjoyed visiting the building site and seeing how houses are built. It’s been a great way to get the children thinking about house building and being green. Who knows, maybe there are some budding builders amongst them.”

Fairways Park is a much-anticipated new development of two, three and four bedroom homes. It’s in a fantastic rural location, yet close to convenient towns and major routes.

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