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Pupils dig in to help school bloom

Greatham primary school Eco club members (front left to right) Ellie-Mae Forbes, Alese Vaughan, Amy Watson, Scarlett Garthwaite, David Cutter and Maddie Innes with (rear left to right) Justine Whitfield (eco club volunteer) and Tara Sotheran (eco club co0ordinator) as they plant Snowdrops outside of the school

Greatham primary school Eco club members (front left to right) Ellie-Mae Forbes, Alese Vaughan, Amy Watson, Scarlett Garthwaite, David Cutter and Maddie Innes with (rear left to right) Justine Whitfield (eco club volunteer) and Tara Sotheran (eco club co0ordinator) as they plant Snowdrops outside of the school

GREEN-FINGERED pupils in Greatham helped to plant hundreds of snowdrops as part of an effort to keep the village looking its best.

Greatham Primary School, which has its own Eco Club, has teamed up with the Greatham in Bloom campaign which aims to win awards once again this year.

The campaign’s committee donated 300 snowdrops to the school which have brightened up its verges.

Tara Sotheran, the school’s eco club leader said: “It is the first time we have joined forces with Greatham in Bloom.

“They donated the snowdrops to us and we said we would plant some for the community.

“It is all about a sense of community involvement and taking pride in the school and keeping it clear of litter.

“The children enjoyed planting the snowdrops despite it being cold and raining when we did it.

“It is nice to see them growing.”

This year’s Greatham in Bloom campaign launched yesterday with a fundraising coffee morning at the community centre.

The committee enter the village in the Northumbria In Bloom initiative which is also part of the wider Britain In Bloom competition.

Ms Sotheran added the school’s eco club has been a big success as it lets youngsters try their hand at gardening and other green activities.

They include everything from watering plants, planting flowers, sewing seeds and making bug houses.

Ms Sotheran said: “It gives a lot of the children that wouldn’t normally get the opportunity to do this sort of thing to get involved and they really enjoy it.”

 

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