Pupils at North Petherton Primary School are enjoying a revitalised forest school thanks to apprentices from Western Power Distribution. 

The school's outdoor facility had seen better days with some trees affected by blight and others having been brought down in storms. 

The 18-strong team from WPD updated the sensory garden and made a new outside learning area for pupils.

They cleared old trees and turned them into woodchips for woodland paths and put in hard-core paths.

The work got the thumbs up from pupils, including Lulu, aged 9 who said: "It’s amazing. It’s unbelievable how all this has been done in five days."

Pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities will particularly benefit from the revamped sensory garden. It now has a new fountain, raised bedding, extra plants, wind chimes and colour mirrors.

Matt Virgin, who led the WPD team, said: “We’ve planted new trees, made a meeting area, built seating from old trees, put in a fire pit and created rope climbing areas and adventure walks for the children. 

"We hope this will benefit the pupils by providing easier-to-access learning areas that will inspire them to spend time in nature and benefit their mental health.

"It’s been a busy yet inspiring way for our engineering apprentices to get involved in the community as part of their training.

Headteacher Gary Hobbs said: "We really appreciate the support of WPD both in time and money. Their team has transformed our outdoor spaces in ways that’ll enrich our children’s education and wellbeing."