Pupils plant bulbs to brighten up town

Barmston Primary School Year Three pupils l-r Grace Tumilty, Iona Tibbo, and Daniel Crawford all aged 7, planting bulbs in Barmston Village on Thursday.
Barmston Primary School Year Three pupils l-r Grace Tumilty, Iona Tibbo, and Daniel Crawford all aged 7, planting bulbs in Barmston Village on Thursday.
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A BIG bulb plant aims to get a community blooming with a little help from some eager schoolchildren.

Pupils from schools in Washington hope next year the town will be awash with colour thanks to their hard work.

Children from Barmston Primary School helped plant more than 7,000 bulbs when they took to the streets with their gardening tools this week.

The Barmston Centre school pupils joined Washington councillors Neville Padget, Fiona Miller and David Snowdon, along with council staff and workers from housing group, Gentoo.

Altogether, a mix of 5,000 daffodil and narcissus bulbs, plus 2,000 crocus bulbs were planted across Barmston Village.

The work was made possible by a grant of £536 from Sunderland City Council’s Washington Area Committee.

This was the second big bulb plant in Washington during the week, with children from Rickleton Primary School in Vigo Lane, members of Rickleton Residents’ Group both joining in with councillors, council workers and Gentoo staff to plant a mix of more than 7,000 daffodil and narcissus bulbs across their village.

Councillor Neville Padgett, a ward member for Washington East, said: “We all know Washington has many large areas of open spaces and we know the new bulbs will make the area more attractive for residents and visitors.”

“There’s a real sense of community pride in this area and people have been really enthusiastic about developing the bulb planting further.

“Thanks go to everyone who has taken part in the planting and we are all looking forward to some colourful blooms in 2014.”