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Kids design becomes flowery friary reality

[Monday 12 June 2006]

SCHOOL children from Richmond will see their colourful creativity become a reality this week as their garden design takes shape in one of the town's open spaces.

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St mary's pupils and their Friary flower design

Pupils from St Mary's Roman Catholic Primary School have been helping grounds staff at Richmondshire District Council with the layout and planting scheme for a flowerbed in the town's Friary Gardens. But now it's time to put the pencils and paints down, roll up their sleeves and get their green fingers dirty.

28 year 3 children will join District Council gardeners on Tuesday morning to transfer their ideas from colourful collage to beautiful bedding borders.

"Now that this part of the world has been named the new Garden of England, we need all the help we can get to live up to our status and keep hold of the accolade," said Grounds Officer, Gary Hudson.

"We wanted to get local children involved in helping create the look of the Gardens this summer. It's in a prominent part of the town and the pupils at St Mary's have responded to the challenge very enthusiastically."

Undaunted by the fact that the design includes ducks, fish and the river Swale, Gary has spent the last few weeks trawling the plant catalogues to keep the bedding scheme as true to the original design as possible.

"The children are really looking forward to helping with the digging and planting," adds teaching Assistant, Karen Syms.

"It's something that they will be able to show their friends and families while watching the flowers grow over the next few months."

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