Sowing the seeds of community
October 08, 2010
Green-fingered pupils donned their wellies last week to plant flowers and shrubs at their new community garden.
Children from Lambs Lane Primary School teamed up with Wokingham Borough Council’s community wardens on Tuesday, September 28, to transform the space in Clements Close, Spencers Wood, in to a haven for local people.
The garden will be maintained by junior wardens, who are also Year Six pupils at the school.
The idea behind the garden is to give young people access to an area for extra-curricular activities and also encourage them to take pride in their local environment.
The garden will also help to build community spirit, which has recently struggled with anti-social behaviour.
The garden has been made possible with more than £700 of investment from two council teams – the community wardens and extended services.
The council’s parks and open spaces team also donated the land and a bench for the project.
The plants were supplied by Plants Limited in Chobham and Dobbies Garden Centre, which also donated £100 for tools.
Joining the pupils at the opening were local residents and officers from Wokingham Borough Council.
Jenny Bennett, community safety operations manager, said: “This is a real community building project in which the children have enjoyed taking part in and will continue to do so by helping to maintain the garden.
Chelsea Otieno, junior warden, said: “Before the garden was started it was really messy and we didn’t like to go in it. A group of us planted some fuchsias and bulbs. Now it‘s a beautiful colourful place and I can go there with my friends.”
Jenny Salter, acting headteacher at Lambs Lane Primary School, said she was pleased the hard work of all involved had come to fruition.
“I am extremely proud of all pupils involved with this project and delighted that all residents there now have a beautiful place to relax in and enjoy. Well done everyone!,” she said.