Youngsters dig in for bulb-planting sessions

Left to right; Jaxon Walker and Olivia Carr from Plains Farm Primary, and Shannon Boston and Liam Miller from Farringdon Primary School planting bulbs at Lakeside Village, Sunderland.
Left to right; Jaxon Walker and Olivia Carr from Plains Farm Primary, and Shannon Boston and Liam Miller from Farringdon Primary School planting bulbs at Lakeside Village, Sunderland.
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KIND youngsters got out of the classroom and helped plant thousands of bulbs in a city community green space.

Children from Farringdon and Plains Farm Inspire Academy schools joined forces for the day to plant 10,000 crocus bulbs near Altrincham, Aberdeen and Amalfi Towers in Lakeside Village.

St Chad’s ward councillor Stuart Porthouse, who is also deputy mayor of Sunderland, organised delivery of the bulbs and the planting, thanks to a Community Chest grant and also help from Gentoo staff. Margaret Cassap, secretary of Lakeside Residents’ Association, and other members of the group provided refreshments and nibbles for the 52 children, as well tea and coffee for the teachers and all the other adults at Gilley Law and Lakeside Community Association.

Coun Porthouse said: “This is a wonderful event bring together the two schools and local residents in a joint event to help promote the area and bring a very colourful show of crocuses next spring. Every year, with the help of a Community Chest grant, we plant bulbs in the ward, this being the first time at Lakeside Village.

“Next year, we will have another 10,000 bulbs to plant, and I would really appreciate if anyone has ideas of where we could plant them. There are not many places left in St Chad’s ward.”

Those with suggestions for places to plant bulbs can call Coun Porthouse on 07833 401494.