With less than one month to go until the Harrogate Spring Flower Show, pupils from Bainbridge Church of England Primary School have been hard at work learning the art of garden design and planting techniques. The youngsters will create a show garden that captures the essence of springtime in the Yorkshire Dales.
Award-winning garden designer Chris Myers has been on hand to provide expert advice and design tips ahead of the prestigious Flower Show. The school children have also had lessons discussing the importance and beauty of spring wildflower habitats in the Dales and the pollinating insects that feed on this vital early nectar source, courtesy of local charity Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT). To date, our players have awarded more than £400,000 to this fantastic organisation.
Together the team are creating a 'Pocket Garden' measuring one metre square, designed by the children and full of their favourite Yorkshire Dales spring wildflowers. With Chris Myers' help, pupils have been getting their hands dirty, sowing seeds and potting native species using peat-free compost. The plants will be nurtured by the children in the school garden over the coming weeks, ready to be planted in the show garden.
Chris said, "The children have really got into this project. What they have learnt so far about the flowers of the Dales has made them want to look deeper into the countryside that surrounds them. In turn this has allowed their minds to get creative and the designs they have come up with are really impressive. From these designs we now have a garden to create for the show, and that's the best bit! Plenty of getting your hands dirty as we quite literally watch our garden grow."
YDMT's wildflower and education expert Tanya St. Pierre also worked with the class on an educational art and craft project, helping the children to learn about and make a colourful assortment of pollinating insects found in the Dales, including bumblebees, ladybirds and orange tip butterflies.
Tanya said, "The Yorkshire Dales is home to a range of nationally and internationally important habitats which support an incredible variety and abundance of wildflowers. As well as being beautiful, these flowers also provide an important source of nectar and pollen right through from spring to autumn, bringing enormous wildlife benefits. It's great to be working with Chris and Bainbridge Primary School on this project to create a mini garden to showcase the special habitats found in the Yorkshire Dales, from ancient woodland and grassland to limestone pavement."
This 'Pocket Garden' project supports YDMT's aims to raise awareness of the range and importance of wildflower habitats in the Dales, to encourage people to appreciate the natural environment and enjoy spending time outdoors exploring the Yorkshire Dales countryside.
The project has been made possible thanks to the support of our players who have raised more than £38.4 Million for good causes to date. Kate Pearson, Trusts Manager at People's Postcode Lottery, said, "We are delighted that players of People's Postcode Lottery are able to support the fantastic work carried out by the team at Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust including the 'Pocket Garden'."