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Canton school works with volunteers to plant 4,000 flowers

PUPILS from Kitchener Primary School worked with a community group to plant 4,000 new bulbs in Canton.

Canton Grows Wild, a group of volunteers from Canton and Riverside, helped the 320 students plant new flowers and develop old green spaces in the area.

Every pupil in the school from reception to Year 6 took part. They spent October 17 planting daffodil and crocus bulbs which are expected to bloom in February. 

Kitchener Primary school kids

Schoolchildren plant new bulbs in Canton. Credit: David Kilner

David Kilner, spokesman for Canton Grows Wild, said they planted plants which are attractive to bees and other pollinators.

“The children enjoyed learning about plants and pollinators which are vital for 70% of our food production and our communities well being,” he said.

The school, on Kitchener Road, tweeted that it was a “fantastic day”. The event was funded by the Postcode Lottery Trust and run as part of the Powering Pollination project which aims to create a green corridor through the area between parks and schools.

The community group meets every Sunday at Lansdowne Community Garden. The local volunteers also teamed up with pupils from Kitchener Primary over the summer on several projects. David Kilner said the group was always looking for new volunteers.

Canton Grows Wild is holding three more events over half-term to plant another 6,000 bulbs. They have invited volunteers to help them at Lansdowne Community Garden on October 23, at Canton community hall on October 25 and in Clare Gardens on October 26. 

The community group is part of the Grow Wild campaign, a UK-wide campaign supported by the Big Lottery Fund that aims to “transform local spaces with native, pollinator-friendly wild flowers and plants”.

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