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Youngsters transform open space

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08 December 2016

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Young gardeners from an Edmonton school have been hard at work this week transforming a plot of drab open space into a flowery wonderland.

  • Community spirited nine and 10 year olds from the St Edmunds Catholic School get gardening
  • Work part of wider improvements to the Crescent Conservation Area
  • Project encourages citizenship, community service and hones gardening skills

Young gardeners from an Edmonton school have been hard at work this week transforming a plot of drab open space into a flowery wonderland.

The youngsters aged 9 to 10 from the St Edmund's Catholic Primary School's gardening club, leapt into action to landscape the piece of land in The Crescent Conservation Area. With the help of Enfield Council's contractors, the 10 children planted flowers, dug flower beds and tidied up the area to create a nicer and more enticing quiet space for the wider community.

The final design was shaped by the local community during a public consultation which took place during the summer of 2016, and the project to improve the Crescent will also include a new footpath, a central feature paved area, an arc of shaped trees and flowerbeds containing perennial flowers that provide a dash of colour all year round. The project is designed to sustainably manage rainwater by allowing it to run off into the flowerbeds. The flowers have been specially chosen to encourage bees and butterflies to visit the area.

St Edmunds Head teacher, Margaret Hanley, said: "Our pupils have enjoyed taking responsibility for planting an area they use on their way to and from school. It has helped them to demonstrate good skills of citizenship, serving their community through their hard work. And it was great fun!"

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Education, Children's Services and Protection, Cllr Ayfer Orhan, said: "This is a brilliant project, which has allowed the children to participate in a scheme that benefits the wider community. Every time they visit The Crescent they will be reminded how their efforts have made a genuine difference to the community and they should have an immense sense of pride and achievement in what they have done.

"They are a credit to the borough and we are very grateful for their hard work and endeavour."