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Bassetlaw: Kids plant wildflower garden in memory of First World War fallen

Primary School children in Worksop helped seed a WW1 memorial garden on Bracebridge recreation field. Pictured are children from Holly Family RC Primary, Redlands and Prospect Hill Primary

Primary School children in Worksop helped seed a WW1 memorial garden on Bracebridge recreation field. Pictured are children from Holly Family RC Primary, Redlands and Prospect Hill Primary

Poppies and other wild flowers were sown by Bassetlaw school kids to mark the 100 year anniversary of the First World War.

Around 150 children from seven primary schools helped add a splash of colour to parts of Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Playing Field at Bracebridge, Worksop.

And they were helped by hefty shirehorse Big Lad, who cultivated patches of land ready for the seed sowing.

The mix of wildflowers, called Old Comrades, contains Flanders poppy, bishops flower, red flax and cosmos, and will be a colourful and seasonal tribute to those affected by the First World War.

It is hoped they will bloom in the next few weeks and last until October, enhancing the environment and providing a habitat for wildlife.

Children from Holy Family, Prospect Hill, Redlands, St Augustine’s, Priory, Ryton Park and Ramsden primary schools all took part.

They also had a hands-on education day delivered by Green Estates and Pictorial Meadows who have helped to create, landscape and shape many national projects including the Olympic Park Meadows and the Eden Project.

The youngsters learned about the local environment and the habitats the wildflowers will help to create, and environmentally friendly ways of cultivating the land.

“It was fantastic to see so many children helping to make Bassetlaw a more beautiful place, as well as creating a new habitat that will encourage even more wildlife to this part of the town,” said Coun Julie Leigh, cabinet member for neighbourhoods.

“Their contributions have helped to mark a very special event in the 100 year anniversary of the First World War and I hope they will be able to see the fruits of their labour for many months and years to come.”

“I would especially like to thank Green Estates and Pictorial Meadows who delivered the sessions and our Parks and Open Spaces team for creating the opportunity for this project to happen.”

 

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