West Leeds: Generations muck in to help spruce up new garden

DIGGING IN: Lawns Park pupils prepare to plant bulbs.
DIGGING IN: Lawns Park pupils prepare to plant bulbs.
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Pupils rolled up their sleeves and mucked in to help make their west Leeds community bloom.

Green-fingered youngsters from Lawns Park Primary helped to plant dozens of bulbs alongside residents from The Bawns and Nutting Grove Residents Association in Farnley.

The volunteers from the association have spent the last three years transforming land at the side of the community centre, on Butterbowl Drive, into a haven.

They enlisted the help of year six children to plant dozens of bulbs to help spruce up the area and add a dash of colour in time for Spring.

Valerie Firth from the resident’s association said that there has been a decrease in anti-social behaviour since the new garden was opened.

She said: “It was something we wanted to do as an association to make the space next to the community centre that could be used by every one.

“We wanted it doing properly and also the land was not safe before because it was a big area with no fencing and it encourages children to go on the road.

“The young people do use it and sit in there in groups and it is for the whole community.”

Headteacher Rebecca Ford said that a survey in the school revealed that pupils wanted to be more involved in local community projects.

She said: “It really is part of the way we work and to put something back in the community.

“The children understand that they have a voice and they will be interacting with other generations and see that they have got lots to offer.

“Our children are really enthusiastic and interested in planting and growing because we have our own allotments and wildlife garden and now they are ploughing some of their expertise and interest back into the community.”

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