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Young budding gardeners showcased their green fingers to create a school garden at Flemingate, as part of a growing project taking learning outdoors.

Pupils from Beverley’s St Nicholas Community Primary School donned gardening gloves and grabbed trowels and spades to fill six purpose-made beds with plants, shrubs and flowers.

The project gave the children hands-on experience of gardening and an insight into the visual and tactile elements of nature.

Graham Tait, Centre Manager at Flemingate, said: “It was great to be involved with this school garden project.

“We’ve worked with St Nicholas Primary School several times over the years and this is a hands-on project the children can get really involved in.

“The pupils helped choose a garden design and selected all the plants themselves based on colour arrangement, foliage and the type of soil, so it was very much an educational project.

“It will be interesting to watch the school garden grow and flourish through the year.”

Liz Pollard, Headteacher at St Nicholas Community Primary School, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for the children to work alongside specialist gardeners to develop a garden for our community to enjoy.

“The children thoroughly enjoyed choosing their plants and getting involved. We would like to thank Graham Tait for giving our children this opportunity.”

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Green-fingered pupils from St Nicholas Community Primary School with Robert Wilkinson of grounds maintenance and landscaping company, Wintergreen.

The pupils, aged from five to 10, chose the plants and flowers from a planting scheme designed by Hornsea-based specialist garden designer Matt Haddon.

Matt said: “We worked with St Nicholas School to come up with a design for the school garden and gave the school a list of plants and flowers which would thrive in this location at Flemingate.

“The children then worked in teams to choose specific plants based on shape, size and colour.

“It was great to see the children show such enthusiasm and interest in the project. Some of them could become the next generation of landscape designers!”

Teaching Assistant, Mrs Vicki Galbraith, said: “The children from St Nicholas School have done many projects with Flemingate since it opened and they were really excited about being able to plant their own garden and watch it grow.

“The school garden project really inspired the children and it will become something that the whole community can enjoy when the flowers bloom and grow.”

Once fully planted, the pupils will tend the school garden with help from Ellerker-based grounds maintenance and landscaping company, Wintergreen, which maintains the Flemingate site.

Graham added: “Matt Haddon and the team at Wintergreen were a real help to this project.

“They were great with the children and showed them how to plant properly along with giving general gardening advice.”

Once fully planted, the pupils will tend the school garden with help from Ellerker-based grounds maintenance and landscaping company, Wintergreen, which maintains the Flemingate site.

The St Nicholas Community Primary School Garden can be found adjacent to the footpath on Armstrong Way.

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