Pupils at Holy Family Catholic Primary School in Crookhams planted 2020 bulbs in their school grounds today as part of the centenary celebrations.
The project is one of many being organised by the Welwyn Garden City Centenary Foundation and involves 19 primary schools across the Garden City. Each school will receive 2020 bulbs for pupils to plant, a mix of daffodils, crocus and snowdrops which will come into flower for the first time in spring 2020, the centenary year. 100 fruit trees will also be planted.
The project is generously sponsored by John Lewis, Waitrose, The Stefanou Foundation, The Hobson Charity and Hertfordshire County Council’s locality budget.
Head teacher Mrs Katie Linnane said “We are delighted to be part of this project which will involve nearly every child in the school. Children love to do practical things and they will be able to see the results of their work in the new year and then for many years to come.”
Jonathan Field, Partner and Head of Branch of John Lewis, Welwyn Garden City said “We are delighted to sponsor this project. From the very first days, Welwyn Stores was at the centre of the new Garden City and as successors to The Stores, we want to remain at the heart of the community long into the future.”
The bulb and tree planting is being run by community charity Groundwork East and involves pupils of all ages from the schools. As well as planting, pupils will learn about the history of Welwyn Garden City and how plants and trees benefit the local environment.
Sam Harbour, Project Officer at Groundwork East said “This project will help pupils make the connection between increasing plant life and improving the quality of the local environment, as well as encouraging them to celebrate and feel part of their local community”
Angela Malone, a volunteer leader with the Centenary Foundation said “We are thrilled that nearly all the primary schools in the Garden City are participating so that nearly 50,000 bulbs and well over 100 trees can be planted. This will leave a handsome legacy of which all the children can be proud. It is their handiwork which will help brighten up their school grounds.”