Schoolchildren will be getting to grips with gardening next week when they plant hundreds of spring flowers in a Stoke-on-Trent park.
Children from St Wilfrid’s RC School will be planting native spring wildflowers next Wednesday (10 October) in Tunstall Park.
They will plant a variety of blooms including 500 each of bulbs including wild daffodils and bluebells, 500 each of wild garlic and wood anemone rhizomes and 50 wild primroses.
Cabinet member for green enterprises & clean city, Councillor Andy Platt, said it was an excellent project, both educational and a benefit to the environment.
He said: “Youngsters like nothing better than messing about in the mud and this will be a great experience for them, out in the fresh air, learning about the seasons and growing things.
“Then they can come back in the spring to see the results of their work – which can be enjoyed by everyone who visits the park.”
The project is part of the park nature trail scheme, funded by donations and grants secured by the Tunstall Victoria Park
Trust from the Civic Lottery.
Other plans include nest box installation, reed planting around the lake, a mini-beast hunting area and wildflower meadows.
Tunstall Park, also known as Victoria Park, is one of the city’s heritage parks and is Grade II listed. It houses a range of buildings including a boathouse, bowls pavilion, clock tower, floral hall and lodge.
The Tunstall Victoria Park Trust is a registered charity and is a dedicated group of people interested in the park’s wellbeing. Their motto is “Helping the Park to Grow and Flourish”.
Photographers are welcome to the event: at 1030-1130 and 1345-1445 at Tunstall Park, Victoria Park Road in Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent. Please follow this link for a map.
For all media enquiries please contact Sue Parker in the Communications Department at Stoke-on-Trent City Council on 01782 232623.