Anniversary school says it with flowers

Ethel Richardson, Nursery Assistant at Heighley Gate Nursery & Garden Centre (front left) and Grahame Anderson, Nursery Assistant at the garden centre (front right) with pupils and representatives from Abbeyfields First School and the new flowerbed.''.

Ethel Richardson, Nursery Assistant at Heighley Gate Nursery & Garden Centre (front left) and Grahame Anderson, Nursery Assistant at the garden centre (front right) with pupils and representatives from Abbeyfields First School and the new flowerbed.''.

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A GOLDEN garden project is blooming lovely at a Morpeth school, thanks to support from a local business.

Abbeyfields First School is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

And to help make a colourful start to the birthday party, staff from Heighley Gate Nursery and Garden Centre have been lending their expertise to create a new flower bed display.

Centre General Manager Roger Wale said: “We have a great relationship with the school and have worked with the staff and pupils in the past.

“Our Nursery Assistants Grahame Anderson and Ethel Richardson planted the display using yellow French marigolds grown in our nursery on site.

“Pupils and staff from the school helped with the planting and Grahame and Ethel explained to the children how to look after the plants.”

The display is just a small part of the celebrations to mark the milestone anniversary and next week there will be a Golden Garden Party, where visitors will be treated to a strawberry tea and dancing in a marquee at the school.

Deputy Headteacher Sheelagh Halliford said: “This is a really exciting time for the school and we are delighted that Heighley Gate Nursery and Garden Centre helped contribute to our birthday celebrations.

“The children will be able to learn how to look after the plants and watch them grow. It will be a great experience for them.

“We would like to say a big thank you to the staff at the garden centre for their help and generosity.”