Earlier this year, Beeston in Bloom and Beeston Primary School were fortunate to be awarded a grant of £500 from the RHS as part of their Greening Grey Britain campaign.
The money has been used to renovate the unloved space on Beeston Town Street in front of the school, with the idea of creating an area that will attract birds, bees and butterflies. As well as funding, the project also had the help from an RHS outreach worker.
To help kick start the project we were lucky to have 2 groups of volunteers from DePuy Synthes who cleared the site of bark and membrane, moved a number of existing plants and improved the soil. A member of the PTA repaired a damaged brick wall and DePuy painted the wall along the path at the back of the garden.
Pupils were part of the planning group and had hands on experience of planting seeds and plants of their choice. The work has now been completed with the addition of spring bulbs, certificates handed out to those involved and the garden has been officially handed over to the school.
The garden was a welcome addition to our Yorkshire in Bloom route and looking at the judges’ comment:
“We were impressed by the knowledge and enthusiasm of the children we met” I’m sure it helped us achieve our gold medal.
Listening to comments from local residents the hard work has really been appreciated. The area has been totally transformed and has looked great all over the summer. A big thank you to those involved and we look forward to seeing the display next spring.
This post was written by Linda Stanley
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