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Helpful pupils at Murray Park brighten up their community with flowers

Helpful pupils at Murray Park brighten up their community with flowers

GREEN-fingered pupils from a Derby school have added a splash of colour to Mickleover after growing all the flowers for the village’s floral displays and giving up their weekend to plant them.


Students at Murray Park Community School, in Murray Road have grown all the flowers which are used in planters, hanging baskets and displays in the village throughout the summer months. 

The school’s gardening area is looked after by youngsters from the school’s alternative provision, called The Bridge, which supports students with additional learning needs.

They pledged to grow the flowers as a thank you for the gift of a £1,500 polytunnel by the Our Mickleover voluntary group, which stages events such as the Christmas market and Hot August Nights concert.

The youngsters gave up their free time to plant the blooms around the village, receiving praise from teachers, parents and local residents.

One student, 15-year-old Dan Austin, also proved himself invaluable to the community when he swept up and weeded an area around Mackworth Youth and Community Centre.

Theresa Lucas, head of alternate provision at Murray Park, said:

“We are very proud of all our students at The Bridge who have been doing such fantastic work in the local community in recent weeks.

“It’s by giving back to the local area and learning to take pride in our environment that we hope to impart some really valuable lessons in how to be good world citizens.

“The flowers look fantastic in their displays and the area around Mackworth Youth and Community Centre looks very spruce after Dan’s hard work with a sweeping brush.”

The students maintained their school garden throughout lockdown and the summer holidays which left them with a bumper crop of more than 20 different kinds of fruit and vegetables from rhubarb to runner beans.

Instead of abandoning the fruit and vegetable plots the youngsters visited several times a week even when the school was shut.

They reaped the rewards of their labour by selling their wares to teachers and staff in order to raise money for additional equipment for the garden.

Mrs Lucas added:

“The garden has been a wonderful addition to the school, allowing pupils to improve their mental health, learn about nourishing healthy food and spend time outdoors away from screens.

“These students have been an absolute credit to the school and while teenagers often get a bad name – we think our gardeners deserve a real pat on the back.”

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