PUPILS at a primary school can enjoy the outdoors thanks to a donation from a nearby house building firm.

Children at Highwood Primary School received new gardening equipment to help them enjoy National Gardening Week which runs until April 16.

CALA Homes gave the school rakes, spades, trowels and more to encourage insects and animals to enjoy the space.

Matt Hickey, Headteacher at Highwood Primary School, said: "We are thrilled with this kind donation from CALA Homes, which is a great way to get the children more involved in gardening.

"Children can learn new skills, have fun and develop self-confidence by spending time in the garden which is something we actively encourage.

"This new equipment will help get the children engaged with the school gardens as well as create a more attractive environment for everyone to enjoy."

National Gardening Week is in its sixth year and is the country's biggest celebration of gardening.

Alison Deakin, sales and marketing director for CALA Homes (Thames), said: “Creating beautiful places to live is at the heart of what we do and gardens can play an important role in our sense of well being.

"National Gardening Week is all about encouraging new gardeners so we thought it would be a great opportunity to help encourage younger generations to get involved and develop a passion for gardening.

"We’re delighted to be able to support Highwood Primary School and hope the children enjoy using the new equipment."