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Children plant poppy field to remember World War One fallen

Pupils from East Herrington Primary Academy with local residents Leslie Scott (left) Gillian Galbraith (centre) and Coun. Stuart Porthouse planting seeds and bulbs in Silksworth Road, East Herrington on Thursday.

Pupils from East Herrington Primary Academy with local residents Leslie Scott (left) Gillian Galbraith (centre) and Coun. Stuart Porthouse planting seeds and bulbs in Silksworth Road, East Herrington on Thursday.

A COMMUNITY garden in Sunderland is being transformed into a field of remembrance.

The former unused plot of land in East Herrington, which recently became a community garden, has been planted with wildflowers and poppies by schoolchildren to create a floral commemoration of the First World War.

As part of Sunderland City Council’s “Love Where You Live” community-led environmental-improvement campaign, 12 pupils from East Herrington Primary Academy joined ward councillor and Deputy Mayor of Sunderland, Coun Stuart Porthouse, at the garden, which is close to their Balmoral Road school, to carry out the planting.

With help from the authority’s local services team, the children planted seeds and plants, which were donated by residents, to brighten up the plot of council-owned land which became adopted for community use.

Headteacher Alison Hodgson said: “Our school likes to be involved with the community.

“The seed planting has become an annual event, but is even more significant this year as we all remember the First World War which has become symbolised by poppies.” The land, which has become known as the pupil’s Ivy House garden, was previously disused, but with support from the ward councillors, the community has brought it back to life.

Coun Porthouse said: “As a local ward councillor I’ve been delighted to have been involved in this particular project for a number of years, and would like to thank the school and local residents for helping to make it such a success.”

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