Garden project honours brave pupil Ehtesham, 7

New School Garden Opening
New School Garden Opening
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Two days of effort have transformed a neglected area at a Sheffield primary school into a memorial garden in tribute to a former pupil who died suddenly.

The work at Tinsley Junior School, Bawtry Road, was carried out by a six-strong team of volunteers from distribution company DHL, which has close links with the school.

The garden was officially opened by Mafood and Zahora Asghar, parents of former pupil Ehtesham, who died last year, aged seven, from a brain tumour.

The area has been named the Ehtesham Asghar Peace Garden in the youngster’s memory.

A rose bush was also planted, his favourite flower.

Alison Brunt, school administration officer, said DHL had previously helped buy furniture for the school and funded trips for pupils to Scarborough and York.

She said: “They wanted to get involved in a new project and we thought of the garden, which is a little quadrangle in the middle of the school.

“It had become very overgrown and unkempt, and full of rubbish too.

“The DHL staff came from as far as London and Edinburgh to work on the garden – and it was cleared in just two days.

“Rubbish was removed, the flagstones cleaned, the shed painted and large planters put in.

“They put down shale and soil and restored the pond, also putting a safe lid on the top. It was an utter transformation.”

A competition was also held to redesign the garden, with three prizes on offer for the best ideas.

Ehtesham’s brothers also attended the event, which included a service and a dedication ceremony.

Alison said DHL was keen to take on community projects.

She said: “They have done such a fantastic job.

“The garden is a sun trap in summer so it will be a perfect place to work and relax too - they have even put a canopy over the table to act as a shade. We have given over its care and upkeep to a team of pupil eco warriors who will keep it clean and tidy.”