NURSERY pupils in Evesham are enjoying a new outdoor music and sound-making performance space, thanks to a generous donation by local housebuilders.

Developers Taylor Wimpey, Barratt Homes and Bovis Homes, which are building new homes off Offenham Road in Evesham, have given £750 to Evesham Nursery School in Four Pools Lane to improve its outdoor learning environment.

The children, aged two, three and four, were able to watch Martin Rider – who they called the ‘woodman’ – create the sound area using natural and recycled materials.

Nursery school headteacher Marian Gager said: “We would like to thank the housebuilders for their generous donation. We wouldn’t have been able to afford this project without it.

“It has helped us transform an area in the garden which wasn’t being used very well. We’ve created a sound-making area with some low staging and some natural seating carved from logs.

“We also have two walls woven from branches – one is a listening wall with huge chimes and recycled materials which make sounds when the wind blows, while the other is what we call our ‘bish bash bosh’ wall where the children can create their own sounds.

“The children really enjoyed seeing it being created and talked to Martin, asking him questions while he was working. It was a lovely experience for them.

“It’s a very versatile space, which we’ve used for dancing, singing and music-making, and it is a real magnet for the children. They love it.”