Gardening days spruce up schools

March 27 2019
Gardening days spruce up schools

DOZENS of parents and friends of pupils at Castle and Marlwood schools turned out to help spruce up the grounds on their inaugural community gardening days.

At Castle, above, volunteers from Thornbury in Bloom worked with the school’s friends association to transform the area in front of the main reception by weeding, pruning, mulching and litter picking for many hours. Castle School Friends are now aiming high by entering a competition for a Royal Horticultural Society community award.

A CSF spokesperson said: “Special thanks are due to Sheila Forsythe from Thornbury in Bloom, Tony Sansum from the Thornbury Garden Shop, Matt from Ironman Scrap who cleared scrap metal for us and will donate to CSF from any sales, as well as all the loyal and trusty volunteers.”

Anyone who wants to get involved should message the group through its Facebook page or email with the subject line CSF.

The Friends of Marlwood School secured the loan of a digger for their gardening day, driven by a former pupil who works for the company ADD Plant.

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The Marlwood volunteers

Andrew Tregenza, who heads up the gardening team, said: “We have a long-term plan to grass over some of the borders to help us improve the maintenance of the site. We very much appreciated the support of Charlie from ADD Plant. He was able to dig up the roses and shrubs in a few hours, when it would have taken us days with our spades!”

The parents were joined by members of #WeAreMarlwood, a Facebook page for alumni to help the school.

A rose border was dug up, with roses replanted alongside other donated plants.

Students cleared and weeded borders, despite high winds from Storm Gareth.

FOMS secretary Saffia Bullock said: “These gardening mornings are so satisfying. It’s great to see the impact we can make and it lifts both students and teachers to see the site looking tidier. We might not be able to repair buildings or replace windows, but we can improve their day to day environment and help the Marlwood community feel appreciated. This is what FOMS is all about.”

The next event for FOMS is Marlwood’s Got Talent on April 26, while CSF will hold another gardening day on April 6.