Budding gardeners plant 200 daffodils

Teaching assistant Val Hewison with pupils from New Hartley First School.
Teaching assistant Val Hewison with pupils from New Hartley First School.

A group of budding young gardeners have planted more than 200 daffodil bulbs in their community.

The eight and nine-year-olds took to New Hartley’s Memorial Garden last week to plant the daffodils to ensure the garden is looking its best.

The group of 18 young people from New Hartley First School, worked with members of the village Community Association, Seaton Valley councillors, and parents, to plant the bulbs.

This is one of several events planned for children at the school in relation to the Memorial Garden, which was planted in memory of the village’s pit disaster of 1862.

Pupils will also be looking after the garden’s raised planters which will give the village an extra boost in the 2016 Northumbria in Bloom competition.

Earlier this year the Memorial Garden was successful in achieving a silver gilt award.

The Community Association is also planning to make the Memorial Garden into more of a community asset by inviting greater gardening participation from local residents.

Chairman of the New Hartley Community Association, Clive Raper, said: “The school and community will continue to seek ways to work together.”

The Community Association and the school’s Parent Teacher and Family Association are also considering co-operating with future events.