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Sherburn Hungate Primary School garden officially opened

Sherburn Hungate Primary School’s new garden, a project led by Osgoldcross & Elmet Rotary officially opened on Thursday 20th June.

Back in the November/December edition of Tadcaster Echo, we told you about the renovations happening to the Sherburn Hungate Primary School garden. Since then, the community have gave a helping hand in putting some well-needed love back into the garden and ‘Flora and Fauna Garden’ is now officially open!

The project was supported by local businesses, school pupils, local volunteers and the wider community and was unveiled at a family-friendly afternoon at the village school. The garden was officially opened by the popular North Yorkshire County Council school meals mascot Herbie the Carrot.

Local community group Osgoldcross & Elmet Rotary designed and completely refurbished the garden, which includes an array of plants and wildlife area. It also features a plastic bottle greenhouse, made using plastic bottle waste collected by members of the public. The garden aims to teach the school children about nature and animals, as well as provide a calm outdoor space where the children can go to relax. It was also created in the spirit of promoting recycling and reducing plastic usage connect children into there food comes from and how they can grow their own.

Yorkshire Rotters, a local organisation committed to helping people ‘Love Food, Hate Waste’ by reducing, reusing and recycling, held a stall at the event to tell the community more about ways they can reduce waste. The volunteer group run workshops and talks to show people how to begin home composting and inspire residents to change their waste habits. Whilst all pupils took an active role in supporting the garden and the event day, the Year 5 students and their teacher, Mr Kelly, backed by the Rotary volunteers, were instrumental in bringing the garden to life. They helped construct the bottle greenhouse, weeded bedding, planted seeds and grew vegetables.

The official opening was held for those directly involved in the project, and then extended to the wider community. The sunshine and warm weather encouraged even more local support. On the day activities included face painting, pond dipping, arts and crafts, and mini wormery making, as well as stalls and refreshments from Year 5 pupils.

The garden was officially named by six year old pupil Isla Goldthorp, who aptly chose ‘Flora and Fauna Garden’.

A huge well done to Mrs Kelly, the Year 5 students and all those who helped create a beautiful garden which will hopefully be a big part of the school for many years to come. We cannot wait to see the fresh fruit and vegetables that are grown!

More information about the project can be found on the Rotary website www.osgoldcrossrotary.org.

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