Children go wild about flowers

By Tim Clarke 18/05 Updated: 18/05 09:09

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A GROUP of green-fingered youngsters at a school in Worcester have been going wild about flowers.

The after school garden club at Dines Green Community Primary School has joined forces with thousands of community gardening groups up and down the country to celebrate the launch of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom campaign, by going Wild about Wildflowers.

Pupils, parents, staff, governors and councillors rolled up their sleeves and planted thousands of wildflower seeds in support of a UK-wide bid to see 20,000 square metres of land turned into new wildlife havens.

The gardening club is a volunteer-led group of Year 5 and 6 pupils which was formed five years ago to encourage children to grow their own vegetables, fruits and flowers organically.

Together they have developed a previously unused area of the school grounds and turned it into an allotment space including raised beds. The caretaker built a greenhouse and sheds for the children to use and they look after their own water butts and compost bins.

The club’s volunteer teacher Linda Sammonds said: “We are really looking forward to sowing the wildflower seeds, as this is the first time we have tried to create a wildflower area and we can’t wait to see the results in the summer.”

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