Garden memorial to remember teacher

Head of School Sarah Paul and teacher Teri Brown sit with members of the school council who helped put the memorial garden to Mandy Spurr together. DJ
Head of School Sarah Paul and teacher Teri Brown sit with members of the school council who helped put the memorial garden to Mandy Spurr together. DJ

STUDENTS have remembered a much-loved Boston primary school teacher by opening a new garden in her memory.

The garden is a tribute to former Staniland Primary School teacher Mandy Spurr, who died after a car crash last year.

It has been organised by the school council which ran a competition for the children at the school to design what they wanted in the garden.

They have been working on the designs over the past year and the garden is themed around storytelling and a love of books, which the children and Mandy shared.

Head of school Sarah Paul said: “We know that Mandy would have loved the storytelling garden and, as we use it, she will be remembered fondly by her colleagues and the children at Staniland School.”

The garden includes a path with a bridge across a river and a storytelling circle and chair.

The children’s ideas were turned into reality by Spalding-based Coleman Builders.

It was opened last week by pupils from Haven High dressed as Wizard of Oz characters and Roy Cain of Rocking Chair Tales.

Although last Tuesday marked the official opening there is still work to do.

There will be planters filled with bulbs and plants and fence posts will be painted to look like book spines.

The children are even going to paint a mural of their favourite book characters.

Mandy, of Bracebridge Heath, had been a teacher at Staniland Primary School for a year when she died in a car accident last September, having only recently qualified into the profession.

The 27-year-old was a passenger in a Blue Nissan Micra which was in collision with a white Peugeot box van on the A15 Sleaford Road at Temple Bruer.