Horden is looking bloomin’ fab thanks to schoolchildren

(rear left to right) Isabel Roberts (Horden in Bloom), Michael Fishwick (Accent Northeast) and Rodie Bagnall (Horden in Bloom Chairman) with children and staff from local primary schools and their hanging baskets.
(rear left to right) Isabel Roberts (Horden in Bloom), Michael Fishwick (Accent Northeast) and Rodie Bagnall (Horden in Bloom Chairman) with children and staff from local primary schools and their hanging baskets.

SCHOOL children have helped to brighten up the lives of village residents and boost a campaign to make it big in a prestigious regional competition.

Pupils from every school and nursery in Horden made decorative hanging baskets as part of a campaign to bring a bit of colour to the village.

Callum Evans (5) from Our Lady Star of the Sea Primary School Horden with his hanging basket.

Callum Evans (5) from Our Lady Star of the Sea Primary School Horden with his hanging basket.

The youngsters got right behind Horden In Bloom which aims to improve the village as part of its entry into the Northumbria In Bloom community competition.

The colourful baskets were donated to homes run by housing provider Accent North East, particularly those of elderly residents.

Accent also generously backed the scheme by donating £400 towards the cost of the initiative.

Isabella Roberts, of the Horden In Bloom committee, said: “Every school in Horden participated including the two nurseries.

Horden in Bloom Chairman Rodie Bagnall with Yoden Primary School pupils (left) Lily Hunt and Ellie Johnson and their hanging baskets.

Horden in Bloom Chairman Rodie Bagnall with Yoden Primary School pupils (left) Lily Hunt and Ellie Johnson and their hanging baskets.

“It is the first time they have all come together on something like this.

“I think it is a really big achievement and it is good that the children can give something back to the community and older generation.”

The schools that took part in the project were Our Lady of the Sea Primary School, Yohden Primary School, and Cotsford infant and junior schools, plus two nurseries.

The basket scheme will also contribute to Horden’s bid for glory in Northumbria In Bloom, added Isabella, by showcasing the work that goes on for the benefit of the local community.