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Sunderland students create lavender border at historic garden

Dot Davison with one of the more than a hundred English Lavender plants being planted at the Donnison School, East End, Sunderland.

Dot Davison with one of the more than a hundred English Lavender plants being planted at the Donnison School, East End, Sunderland.

SCHOOLCHILDREN have helped bring colour and scent to a community garden.

Pupils from Broadway School pulled on their wellies to help plant out the garden at Living History North East in Sunderland.

The event was funded by Sunderland City Council as part of its Love Where You Live programme.

Youngsters were joined by volunteers and students from Espa College, who helped plant out a traditional lavender border at the history charity’s base in The Donnison School, Hendon.

The restored Georgian school building already boasts a walled Victorian garden, Victorian herb garden, Second World War allotment garden and an Anderson air raid shelter.

Council funding is now paying for the development of a traditional fruit orchid, which will be open to the community, and sweet-smelling lavender hedge.

Jeanette Hilton, a Friend of The Donnison School, said: “This new development had always been part of the long-term plan, once funding was available to develop a community fruit orchid and a Victorian English lavender hedge.

“It has only been possible by the huge amount of volunteer labour and our community spirit generated through Living History North East at The Donnison School and our ongoing partnerships with schools in the city and other organisations.”

Budding gardeners at The Donnison School have already plucked a number of awards for their efforts, winning accolades from the prestigious Royal Cultural Society and Sunderland in Bloom.

Jeanette added: “This year again, we won outstanding as a community garden from The Royal Horticultural Society, which said: ‘What a delight, an amazing project that has colour throughout the year – a garden that has charm and character.’

“We have also been awarded again the Sunderland in Bloom award for best conservation garden in the east area.”

The Donnison School and Living History North East will be holding an open day for anyone interested in volunteering there.

 

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