Garden kids defy vandals

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MEMBERS of a Bulwell school’s recently established gardening club have bounced back from a vandalism setback to make entries in the town’s Jubilee Garden Competition and Nottingham in Bloom.

Inspired by their former teacher Joy Rice, who established Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Catholic Primary afterschool gardening club in March, with teacher Sarah Fedyszyn, the group of 12 youngsters have shown a first-class attitude since vandals struck the school site back in May.

Mrs Rice, who worked at Our Lady for ten years and is highly regarded now as a volunteer, as well as being a driving force behind the gardening club, said: “We were all very upset at the time of the vandalis.

“As well as our newly -acquired shed being smashed and suffering damage to equipment and plants, the thoughts that a minority group of wayward youths had tried to destoy something meaningful was disappointing, to say the least.”

Mrs Rice added: “In just a short time we have put that setback behind us and worked doubly hard to motivate the children, whose efforts have been amazing.”

Recently the team of young gardening enthusiasts have created an insect habitat within a Jubilee garden that has been appropriately called ‘Buzzingham Palace’.

Various vegetables have been sown and planted as well as red, white and blue flower types, (donated by the children), shrubs and bulbs.

As a result of the gardening club’s efforts, the school has been able to put forward its entry into Bulwell’s Jubilee Garden Competition and Nottingham in Bloom.

Four parent helpers have played their parts in the success of the club too.

n OUR PHOTO shows gardening club mentor Joy Rice with pupils in the garden with examples of their green-fingered efforts (PHOTO AND STORY BY: Peter Jordan).