Six Warminster primary schools and one secondary school have been invited by Warminster Town Council to get ‘planting in the park’. St Georges, St Johns, The Minster, The Avenue, Princecroft and New Close Primary School have all taken part in the initiative which was introduced in 2016 when the Council took over Warminster’s award winning Lake Pleasure Grounds and is proving very popular with schools.
St George’s Catholic Primary School recently went down to the park and using the theme of Four Seasons, got busy planting their designated bed.
Business Manager for St George’s, Sara Phillips, said, “It’s a great opportunity provided by the Council for children to engage with the community by doing something positive for that community. The lovely signs provided by Warminster Town Council mean that the general public are able to see what the schools have achieved. It promotes a true feeling of team spirit.
“This year the school’s eco committee has been involved with the planting. The Club meets once a week with a teacher and they explore various sustainable initiatives which can be used in the school and the wider community. It is good for the children to grow plants and flowers as it teaches them about different types of plants, flowering and also leads on to where food comes from.”
This year the theme of Four Seasons was given to St George’s. Their flower bed was divided into quarters and each had a different season assigned to it. Sara continued, “We based the planting on suitable winter, autumn, spring or summer colours and all the planting was done on the day. It really helped the children to think about what happens in the different seasons. For example, they chose a ‘frosty theme’ for winter with grey foliage and white flowers and blues for the spring with lobelia giving the impression of a bluebell wood.”
In October there will be a winter planting to look out for.