Pupils add spring colour to the park

Children from Stanley Primary School, Blackpool, planted bulbs in Stanley Park
Children from Stanley Primary School, Blackpool, planted bulbs in Stanley Park
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When Blackpool’s parks and gardens are ablaze with colour and flowers next spring we will have schoolchildren from Gateway Academy and Stanley Primary School to thank.

For youngsters from the South Shore and Marton schools wrapped up warm to go out bulb planting last week,

Daffodils, crocuses, snowdrops and anemones were planted by the children from Stanley Primary, near the Italian Gardens in Stanley Park, as part of a project to learn about their local environment.

They will be returning in the new year to see the fruits of their labour.

Teacher Andrew Marnick said: “For them to be able to see their hard work next spring and in subsequent years will be a fantastic reminder of the event and also something to be extremely proud of.”

Iain Girvan, from Blackpool Council’s Neighbourhood Services, worked with reception class children from Gateway Academy, off Seymour Road, South Shore, outside the school grounds.

Kelly Shaw, head of school, said: “Despite the cold weather, the children thoroughly enjoyed the event.

“Iain talked with the children about what plants need to grow and then they all planted some daffodil bulbs.

“The session ended with a daffodil dance which actually helped to warm up some very cold little fingers and bodies.

“It really was a fantastic event for the children to be involved in as I think it is so important for them to understand that they are part of a community and that we should all do our bit in taking care of it and each other.”

Four-year-old Aliyah Ahmed said: “I enjoyed planting the bulbs, it was good fun.”

And Milli-Lou Rose, four, added: “I liked stamping on them when we did the daffodil dance.”

“We planted bulbs and learnt all about what they need to grow,” said Dominic Greetham, four.

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