All three Lytham Primary Schools join Lytham in Bloom in quest for gold.
Lytham in Bloom's Chairman Carol Wildon used to teach in a Lytham Primary School. Since retirement, she has put her well-honed skills to good use by linking her past experience with her present post at LIB.
“I have always enjoyed working with children,” says Carol. “I also have a passion for gardening, so to make the link between the two wasn't difficult. The schools in Lytham all have wonderful facilities and what's more, they make great use of them. Supported by enthusiastic members of staff, each school has an outdoor garden and an active involvement with wild life. A Giant Sunflower competition also adds some fun.”
St Peter’s School has developed an outdoor classroom in Squirrel Wood which includes a creative play area, wood carvings and wildflowers. As part of their Sustainable Programme, they also introduced chickens and in 2016 they extended the chicken run and created raised beds for plantings.
Lytham Hall Park School continue to follow the Eco-schools Programme, have an eco-council and forest school activities with outdoor classrooms. They also have a fruit and vegetable allotment, plus an orchard.
Lytham C of E School have this year revitalised their wild life area with fantastic results. They plan to add further features in the future, including fruit trees and a vegetable patch.
“The children are our future and I feel that it is up to us to pass on our knowledge so that they can take over from us when the time comes,” adds Carol. "We have therefore included all the schools in this year's Lytham in Bloom presentation for both the RHS North West in Bloom and Britain in Bloom competitions. We are sure that they will do Lytham proud."
As well as passing on knowledge, LIB have been able to offer support in a more tangible manner by presenting each school with a £100 cheque which they can use in support of their outdoor work.
We also asked the schools to help us in the fun project of naming the Lytham in Bloom horticultural sculpture previously known as the Green Man. This creation was featured heavily in the BBC2 Britain in Bloom documentary series and the children seemed to know all about him. A short list of names was reduced to three options by Park View 4U. Lytham Scouts, plus all three Lytham Primary Schools then made the final choice – and the winning name was Herbert.
Herbert now sits on his usual bench outside Phil’s Bakery. He is sponsored by INENCO and constructed by Lytham in Bloom. Herbert will feature in the RHS presentations.
In the picture below: Peter Harris (Lytham in Bloom) holding photo of Herbert, Janet Benson (HR Director - INENCO), Danielle Welch (Senior Marketing Manager - INENCO), Carol Wildon (Chair of Lythan in Bloom) and children from Lytham Hall Park Junior School.
Judging days are - North West in Bloom 26th July. Britain in Bloom 2nd August.
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