Palace fit for a pigeon

Blackpool Community First along with representatives from St George's High School with the new dovecote which has been built.
Blackpool Community First along with representatives from St George's High School with the new dovecote which has been built.
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BIRDS live like royalty at this Marton school thanks to a sparkling new dovecote.

The palatial nine foot structure was recently donated to St George’s School’s new Community Garden thanks to the handy work of local carpenter Bruce Allen.

Pupils at the Cherry Tree Road school have been getting their hands dirty for several months as part of a unique horticulture project.

Mr Allen said: “I was delighted to donate the dovecote and it looks lovely in the garden.

“It is nice to see children working with adults from the local community to help the garden grow and develop.”

The budding gardeners have been working alongside adults with special needs who are part of local organisation Blackpool Community First.

And their project is certainly coming up roses as the site bursts into life.

More than 420 saplings have been planted in the garden thanks to a donation from the Woodland Trust.

A polytunnel has recently been laid so gardening work can continue all year round regardless of the weather. The tunnels were funded after pupils won a young enterprise competition in The Gazette.

Nine raised beds are in the process of being laid so children can grow their own crops and a hibernaculum means wildlife have got a safe place to live.

Tina Milner, assistant business college director for enrichment, added: “We were delighted with the dovecote which adds a nice finishing touch to our garden.

“We hope it attracts even more wildlife into the garden and are very grateful to Mr Allen for his handiwork.”