School children dig in to create wildflower garden

Emily Surtees, 8, with Coun Stuart Porthouse and fellow Year 4 pupils from East Herrington Primary School planting seeds on an area of land opposite the school on Silksworth Road.

Emily Surtees, 8, with Coun Stuart Porthouse and fellow Year 4 pupils from East Herrington Primary School planting seeds on an area of land opposite the school on Silksworth Road.

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GREEN-FINGERED children dug in to make their area a better place to live.

As part of the Love Where You Live campaign, youngsters from East Herrington Primary School tended to an area of land near their school.

The Year 4 pupils planted wildflower and meadow seeds at the site in Silksworth Road, opposite the school.

Coun Stuart Porthouse, who represents St Chad’s ward, found that the plot of land was public rather than private property and approached the school to see if they would be interested in the opportunity to learn more about nature.

Coun Porthouse said: “The children are planting various seeds, so we think it will be colourful when they grow.

“They’ll be able to watch them grow all year round and hopefully it will look great. Doing this gets the children involved in looking after where they live.

“We are over the moon that the children are going to adopt this piece of land and care for it.”

Coun Porthouse added that he will now be trying to get a plaque in place to say that the land is being tended to by pupils from East Herrington Primary.

Northumbria Police community support officer Glenn Devlin accompanied the class as they carried out the garden work to ensure they were safe from traffic.

Seeds used in the work were provided by keen gardener and former Mayor of Sunderland Les Scott.

Anna Fulford, Year 4 teacher, said of the pupils’ work: “It’s nice to see that they know they are doing something good for the community.

“The children are very aware of what they have done. It’s near where most of the children live and they feel now that this bit of land it is theirs to look after.”

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