North Lancing Primary School re-builds garden bug area

North Lancing railway sleepers from AVS

We’ve been taken aback by some of the amazing causes local community members are committed to helping. From swimming galas, summer fayres to school plays, there’s nothing more rewarding than a community getting together to better something.

This is why we set up the AVS Local Community Fund.



We recently announced the introduction of our largest ever community fund, totalling £10,000.

Since its launch, we’ve proudly supported over 20 remarkable events and causes, ranging from village fetes, charity runs, all the way through to World War One Memorial projects. The best thing about it? We’re only just getting started.

This time we turned our fencing minds to North Lancing Primary School.



Who doesn’t remember the sheer joy of getting muddy as a child?

Connecting kids with their inner gardener is important. Not only is gardening fun, it’s relaxing, teaches them about sustainability, and is a social activity that’s bound to build and bridge friendships.

That’s why when we heard North Lancing Primary School were in need of some new sleepers for the school’s ‘bug area’, we couldn’t wait to dip into the community fund and help.

Tim, from RT Maintenance, is on the PTA at the school, and approached us when he heard about our community fund. Knowing the school had limited funding, together we agreed how we could best help, and we hope to keep supporting the school on future projects.

Broken railway sleepers at North Lancing School

As you can see, the much-loved bug area was in need of a little TLC. And with the kind help of Tim from RT Maintenance, the restoration work began with gusto during the school holidays.

New railway sleepers at North Lancing

First, we removed the rotten wooden boundary, replacing it with some new, sturdier AVS sleeper posts. We then gave the area a much-needed spruce, checked the bugs were okay and voilá, restoration complete!

New railway sleepers at North Lancing

Next up: the vegetable patch, which was sorely in need of renovating. The old sleepers had rotten and broken, leaving a dangerous and unsightly plot in the garden.

Broken railway sleepers at North Lancing School

We replaced the raised railway sleeper bed, pulled out weeds, refilled the bed with compost, and gave the area a spring clean in the process. The bed has now been planted with vegetable seeds by the children and their teachers.

North Lancing railway sleepers from AVS

We’ve been told that the kids at North Lancing Primary School are over the moon to be getting their precious bug sanctuary back, and excitement is in the air as they rush to welcome the latest guests to check into their bug hotel.


If you’re in need of some support for a local project – whether it be sponsorship, funds, or gardening and landscaping materials – head over to our Local Community Fund page and get in touch. We’ll do our very best to help you out.

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10 May 18