Children help spruce up Sunderland park

Children from Richard Avenue Primary School helping to build a willow hedge in Barnes Park using willow grown in their school grounds.

Children from Richard Avenue Primary School helping to build a willow hedge in Barnes Park using willow grown in their school grounds.

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NATURE-LOVING youngsters have helped to spruce up a city park.

The children from Richard Avenue Primary School have donated willow from their own grounds to Barnes Park.

For the past few years the school has been growing willow in the grounds to make their school more attractive and environmentally friendly.

Rachel Halliday, a member of staff at the school, said: “For the past two years when the willow grows up, we have woven it back into the fence to make it stronger. But, this year, we decided to cut the new willow and take it along to Barnes Park and plant it there.

“The children were very excited to be using their willow at the park, especially as most of our pupils use the park with their families.”

Rachel said the willow sticks grow very quickly and make attractive fencing.

Pupils from the school’s Eco Group were joined by members of the Friends of Barnes Park for the planting of the willow, which is being used to make a fence around the play area.

Rachel said: “The children were thrilled to be doing something to help in the community.”