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Richmond Kids design Friary flowerbed

[Monday 20 March 2006]

Children at St Mary's Roman Catholic Primary School in Richmond have been giving District Council grounds staff a helping hand by creating a community flowerbed.

Budding landscape designers from Year 3 were asked to take part in the initiative to create a planting scheme for a special flowerbed in Richmond's Friary Gardens.

Gary Hudson, far right, Councillor Sheila Clarke, centre with children and teaching staff from St Mary's with their design
Gary Hudson, far right, Councillor Sheila Clarke, centre
with children and teaching staff from St Mary's
with their design

"We are proud of our parks and open spaces, and want to involve as many people as possible in the enjoyment of them," said Richmondshire District Council's Grounds Officer, Gary Hudson.

"Children at the school know the Friary Gardens well and were keen to join in, and have had some imaginative ideas."

The flowerbed will complement existing community contributions such as the Soroptimist Society's fragrance garden and the wishing well and gazebo provided by Richmond and District Rotary Club.

"We've devoted some of our art lessons to the project," added Karen Syms, a Teaching Assistant at St Mary's.

"We've looked at a list of suitable plants and a catalogue to help with the planting scheme, and the children have created a very vibrant textile design."

The pupils will help District Council gardeners plant the flowerbed in June.

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