Brightening up our estate

Published on: 05 May 2014

TWELVE pupils from Staple Hill Primary School showed off their budding gardening skills as they spent an afternoon brightening up their estate.

The greenfingered children, who all live at Merlin Housing Society’s flats in Pendennis Road, Staple Hill, were given the afternoon off school to get their hands dirty, planting flowers and herbs. With guidance from staff from Elmtree Garden Contractors, the youngsters added more than 100 plants to add a splash of colour to a courtyard area.

Staple Hill Primary School Year 1 and 2 teacher Janine Jenkins said: “They have really enjoyed the planting. It’s been inspirational and I hope they will continue to look after the plants. “It’s lovely to see all the children, from all different classes who all live here, working together to improve their community.”

The planting was part of £200,000 of improvements that Merlin is making to the area around the flats, which also includes planting new hedges, creating wild meadows and adding benches and picnic tables.

Community investment officer David Triggle-Wells added: “It was great to be able to invite children who live at the flats to come and help out with the planting.

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