Bedell Groups’ Little Green Fingers Schools Project enhances Link Centre grounds

July 1st, 2011 by Bedell Group

The latest initiative from the Bedell Group Little Green Fingers Schools Project has put a smile on the faces of pupils at The Link Centre.

Joining forces with members of the St Peter Port Floral Guernsey group, a team of five from Bedell Cristin Guernsey and some of their own children put on their gardening gloves and rolled up their sleeves to transform an area of rough grass into a new environmental area for the school. They also spent time sprucing up the flower beds.

The Bedell Group redeveloping the Link centre garden with a team from Floral Guernsey (click image to expand - ©Chris George)

The new addition to the grounds complements the progress already made by staff and pupils from the school, in preparing a productive vegetable garden with ornamental raised beds made from recycled scaffolding boards.

Landscape designer Helen Litchfield, a council member of Floral Guernsey, designed the new area with a small pond, fountain and shrubs and plants to encourage butterflies, birds and wildlife. It aims to provide a colourful backdrop and a therapeutic influence in the garden.

“It is such a pleasure to get personally involved in Little Green Fingers projects, especially when we know that our contribution will make a real difference to the quality of life for children at the school. The pupils are thrilled with the garden and the fountain is a particular attraction”, says Kate Ovenden, partner at Bedell Cristin Guernsey.

“We are delighted that with joint co-operation it is possible to do so much and provide a facility that will be enjoyed by pupils and staff alike,” says Floral Guernsey Schools’ Co-ordinator Ann Wragg.

The Link Centre is one of 22 schools – including primary schools – supported in gardening and environmental projects by Floral Guernsey and sponsors Bedell Group. Among other initiatives, the Bedell Group Little Green Fingers project – now in its fourth year – has also distributed bulbs, apple trees and patio fruit trees to schools in the Bailiwick.

“The project has grown beyond all expectations and gives so much pleasure to many children and support to teachers,” adds Ann Wragg. “But we need volunteers to maintain this progress.”

To volunteer or find out more about Little Green Fingers, contact Ann Wragg at a.hw @ clara.co.uk.

Little Green Fingers aims to give every child, regardless of circumstances, the opportunity to experience the joy of growing vegetables and other plants, raise awareness of where food comes from and of environmental issues, and encourage team and community spirit through competition.

 

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