Winter planting session for schoolchildren

Kids from a Plymouth primary school swapped their desks for digging when they helped brighten up part of Phase 5 at North Prospect.

Pupils who attend the gardening club at Weston Mill Primary School visited the site to lay flowers and plants in Cookworthy Road.

The green-fingered kids donned wellies – as well as some festive Santa hats – and got stuck in with a little help from New Leaf Landscaping and Fencing, our gardening contractor for the regeneration.

The day was organised by Kier Living, our Phase 5 contractor.

Sara McManus, Kier Living Community Engagement Officer, said: “We have linked with Weston Mill School previously on Phase 3 where we donated some topsoil for their summer school.

“Being able to provide the children with hands on learning has been a great success.

“We’re also donating bedding plants, gloves and trowels to the school. This will enable the students to take their new-found skills back to their outdoor education area and bring some colour to their outdoor space.”

“Having New Leaf here to support this event has been an added bonus as they are extremely knowledgeable which provides a great opportunity for the pupils to learn and develop their knowledge and skills further.”

Joanne Levers, the school’s outdoor co-ordinator, said: “We do forest school and have a gardening club and a summer school. Kier previously donated some earth for that. Sara knows I’m trying to develop the garden and has been really helpful.

“Our theme at the moment is Bee Aware. We’re trying to make our garden more bee friendly. The kids love it. Some of the kids live here on the estate so it ties in nicely for them.”

Pippa, eight, said: “I like doing gardening because it helps the environment. I help do my garden at home. I was really excited to come here today.”

Oscar, seven, helps out on his family’s allotment. He said: “We grow sprouts but we’ve already eaten them! We’ve grown bendy carrots and rhubarb and pumpkins.”