Barmston aims to be blooming

Pupils from Barmston primary school planting bulbs with councilors and Gentoo staff as part of the Love where you live campaign.
Pupils from Barmston primary school planting bulbs with councilors and Gentoo staff as part of the Love where you live campaign.
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SCHOOLchildren can’t wait to see their community bloom.

The pupils from Barmston Primary, in Washington, have been planting more than 1,000 bulbs in a new garden next to their school as part of the Love Where You Live campaign.

The area of land, which belongs to Gentoo, is being turned into beauty spot in the hope it will encourage the community to come together and take pride in it.

Neville Padgett, councillor for Washington East, was there to lend youngsters a hand. He said: “We want to get the community spirit back into Barmston and we’ve chosen this location for the garden as it’s the first thing people see when they come into the village.

“We wanted to get the children involved because we hope that then they will look after it.

“They have taken a great interest in the bulb planting and we’re hoping to do something similar in Fatfield next.”

As well as the bulbs, which are expected to flower in March next year ready for the official opening, there is also a bench being put in place commemorate the project.

Love Where You Live coincides with the Keep Britain Tidy campaign aiming to encourage three million people and 3,000 organisations to take action to reduce litter over the next three years.

Activities including litter picking and graffiti removal have been taking place across Sunderland all week thanks to the city council and their volunteers.

Details of activities and clean-ups can be found at www.sunderland.gov.uk/lovewhereyoulive. Anyone who wants to volunteer can contact phone 520 5555.