School children hold special garden party

Invited guest and Ashington gardener Sean Murray with Jane Austin-Walker who built the garden in the grounds of the James Knott Campus and pupils Tegan Mercel, Lewis Scott, Ashton Wilson-Young and Emily Hewison . Picture by Jane Coltman
Invited guest and Ashington gardener Sean Murray with Jane Austin-Walker who built the garden in the grounds of the James Knott Campus and pupils Tegan Mercel, Lewis Scott, Ashton Wilson-Young and Emily Hewison . Picture by Jane Coltman
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Children have been celebrating the opening of their new outdoor area.

The James Knott Campus of the Northumberland Church of England Academy, in Ashington, was awarded £12,000 from the Tesco Bags of Help Scheme after a public vote.

Designed by pupils, the Making Outdoors Matter project features weaved willow domes and tunnels, bug hotels, wildflower areas and allotment beds.

The imaginative space will provide a wide range of exciting opportunities for outdoor learning and adventure.

Following months of hard work, the garden was officially opened by Ashington gardener, Sean Murray, winner of a nationwide TV competition to design a garden at Chelsea Flower Show.

Children dressed for the occasion in their finest summer outfits, as they welcomed guests from the community.