Local pupils transform trees from eco-development into artwork

Jul 18, 2017

Erith primary school children have unleashed their creativity to produce sustainable pieces of artwork.

Peareswood Primary School has joined forces with The Quarry, a new eco-development in Erith from developers L&Q and The Anderson Group, to design art from wood obtained from the site.

Pupils were visited by sculptor Jeff Higley, who specialises in sustainable projects, to teach them how to carve their own pieces of art.

In these workshops, Jeff taught two classes of year 5 children aged 9-10 how to use the tools to craft leaves from the wood, which will be displayed at the school when they are finished.

Jeff Higley said: “I’ve had a wonderful few days at Peareswood Primary School. I really believe that teaching pupils about the importance of sustainability and looking after the environment, where we can, is essential.

“It’s fantastic to see large developments like The Quarry putting sustainability at the heart of what they are creating and prioritising the environment when providing homes in the community.”

In addition to the workshop, Jeff is working with the school and The Quarry on a number of projects using resources from the site.

From Monday 26th June, Jeff will be taking residence at the school while he carves a commemorative plaque which will reflect the strong ecological credentials of the site.

School children will be able to watch while he works and see how he creates it, before it is eventually housed within The Quarry’s new onsite school, Lime Wood Free School.  

The three-form entry primary school, will provide over 600 additional school places for children aged 5-11.

Sean Emmett, Operations Director at The Anderson Group, added: “It was important to us when we began work on the development that any significant trees that were removed as part of the construction were reused and more importantly were replaced, across the development, to create areas of more sustainable ecological importance.”

“It is great to see local children getting involved in the sustainable values we have at The Quarry.”

The Quarry is set to launch in autumn 2017, introducing 600 new homes, including 470 family houses and 130 apartments, to the London Borough of Bexley.

Prospective homebuyers interested in The Quarry can register their interest, and follow developments on Facebook and Twitter.


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