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Green fingered residents bring flowerbeds back to life

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Published by rtownsend for Sanctuary Housing Association in Education and also in Communities

Pupils and teachers from Devonshire Infants with Sanctuary Maintenance operatives. Pupils and teachers from Devonshire Infants with Sanctuary Maintenance operatives.

Infant school pupils got their hands dirty when they swapped the classroom for the garden and spent the day up to their knees in soil.

The children, from Devonshire Infants School, Smethwick, clambered over flowerbeds as they competed to pull out the longest weed and dig the biggest hole in preparation for planting.

With the support of the West Bromwich estates team from national property maintenance company, Sanctuary Maintenance, they tided and replanted three flowerbed areas around the school’s grounds.

The youngsters, who were part of the schools forestry and gardening club, learned all about the different plants from the Sanctuary operatives including scents, colours and what they need to grow.

Sharon Gibson, deputy head at Devonshire Infant School, said: “It was a very enjoyable day for the pupils and adults.

“The flowerbeds have been looking tired for a while now and it is great that the children were able to help give them a new burst of life.” 

Getting in touch with nature, the day was also a chance for the children to learn about different bugs and insects as they pulled worms out of the soil and found caterpillar cocoons amongst the weeds.

Sanctuary Maintenance has recently started delivering ground maintenance services to Devonshire Infants and the day was a good opportunity for the pupils to meet the estates team who will be around the site over the next year. 

Jim Bullas, estates staff supervisor at Sanctuary Maintenance, said: “We are glad we were able to put some colour back into the schools flowerbeds and the children were very enthusiastic and willing to help.”

The day was organised in celebration of National School Grounds week which takes place from the 9th – 13th June 2014 and encourages teachers and pupils to step out in to the great outdoors.

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