Green-fingered pupils help barrow bloom again

Children from the Eco Club at Morpeth First School with the flower-filled barrow.
Children from the Eco Club at Morpeth First School with the flower-filled barrow.

Children have created a fantastic floral display, ready for the Northumbria in Bloom visit to Morpeth today.

Pupils from the Eco Club at Morpeth First School put their gardening skills and knowledge to good use to transform an unused barrow at Sanderson Arcade into a lovely display of flowers.

The youngsters, all aged eight and nine from Year 4, worked with horticulturist Raymond Dixon, who has been looking after the Arcade’s baskets and landscaping since the centre opened six years ago and has been extremely successful in achieving a number of awards in the town.

Raymond guided the children to use the tall plants at the back of the barrow with a layered effect trailing over the front using geraniums, begonias and petunias.

The barrow is now positioned at the entrance to Stanley Terrace car park to welcome visitors as they enter the car park.

Centre manager Medi Parry said: "The children from the Eco Club have done an excellent job of bringing the barrow back to life. We have received excellent feedback from our customers and I’m sure the judges will be just as impressed."