Monday, 23 October 2017

Children help cheer up almhouses garden

CHILDREN helped to plant spring bulbs for residents of almshouses in Henley to enjoy.

CHILDREN helped to plant spring bulbs for residents of almshouses in Henley to enjoy.

The six year 5 pupils from Trinity School in Vicarage Road were given a morning off classes to join five of Henley in Bloom’s “gardening buddies” for a morning’s planting in Western Avenue.

They planted cyclamen, snowdrops, cowslips, primroses, daffodils and crocus bulbs in front of the houses.

Teaching assistant Jo Lock said: “They absolutely loved it. They kept saying, ‘we love gardening, we want to do gardening every day’.”

The school has a children’s gardening club and is often visited by gardening buddy Viv Greenwood.

It was asked to help by town councillor Elizabeth Hodgkin, another buddy and a member of the Henley in Bloom committee. She said: “Because this is quite a bare place the residents said it would be nice to have flowers so we arranged for the buddies to do the planting along with these kids.

“It will look beautiful when they start coming up in February or March.”

Doreen Rose, 84, who has lived at the almshouses for 10 years, said: “It will be lovely to see all the bulbs in spring and it’s going to look very nice.

“I hope the children can come back and experience them as it was wonderful to see them take an interest.”

Pupil Catrinel Sinein, nine, said: “I’d like to be a gardener when I grow up. I do a lot of gardening at home, planting daffodils and roses.”

Elio Dal Lago, 10, said: “I prefer doing this instead of maths. The best bit is digging because we jump on the spade like it’s a pogo stick.”

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