Birmingham's Bloomin' Great Pupils

Children from St Francis Catholic Primary School, in Lozells, took to the great outdoors recently to try their hand at attracting bees, birds and butterflies to their school playground.

The group of children, aged between eight and ten, left the classroom behind for a morning to get hands-on action with wildlife-loving flowers, donated by local developer Linden Homes.

The green-fingered group spent almost two hours de-weeding plant containers in their playground and replanting a wide variety of popular flowering annuals, including Foxgloves and Verbena.

Aneeta Rani, senior learning mentor, commented: “The children thoroughly enjoyed their morning and were extremely enthusiastic about every aspect of the planting exercise – even the weeding!

“It was very generous of Linden Homes to donate the flowers and their time and it has certainly helped to educate our pupils about the importance which flowers and plants play in our natural eco-system.”

Linda Huntington, sales manager for Linden Homes West Midlands, was also on hand during the day to help and direct the children.

She comments: “Wildlife and plants are natural outdoor partners and we thought what better way to team our donation of flowers than with some hands-on help. I was very impressed with the children’s enthusiasm on the day and hope that the flowers will flourish so that all of the school’s pupils can enjoy them for months and years to come.”

Birmingham children planting seeds and vegetables. (L-R) Mehvish Shahin, Jason Le, Yasmin Dotse Bellow, Jude Fernando and Linda Huntingdon.
Birmingham children planting seeds and vegetables. (L-R)
Mehvish Shahin, Jason Le, Yasmin Dotse Bellow,
Jude Fernando and Linda Huntingdon.

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20 June 2013

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