Children get Green-Fingered for Community Project

Children from St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School, Ss Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School and Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School plant trees and shrubs at a remembrance garden at St Patrick’s Church

Children from an academy in Coventry have put their gardening skills to the test to help to create a community remembrance garden.

St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School, Ss Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School and Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School have joined forces to plant trees and shrubs at a remembrance garden at St Patrick’s Church. The garden will be a place for the whole community to visit where they can reflect and remember loved ones.

The plants were donated by Hilltop Garden Centre, in Shilton, and children from the schools, which are part of the Romero Catholic Academy, were joined by staff from the centre who taught them more about agriculture.

The creation of the garden is part of a wider project, which has seen involvement from a number of groups, businesses, members of the parish and residents from the local area.

The work done by the schools was part of a social action project running throughout Romero Catholic Academy, which also includes Corpus Christi, Good Shepherd, Sacred Heart, St Gregory’s and St John Fisher Catholic Primary Schools, challenging the children to do their bit for the community.

Other activities have included visiting residential homes, hosting community events, fundraising and collecting supplies for those in need.

Andrea Sherratt, Principal at St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School, said: ‘The creation of the remembrance garden has been a real community project, so it was wonderful for our children to be part of this.

‘Everyone involved had an excellent time gardening and learning more about horticulture, and it will be lovely for the children to see the plants and trees grow over time.

‘The social action project has taught our children how important it is to give something back to the community and support others, and we hope to support more community initiatives in the future.’

By Alex Wainwright,
Romero Catholic Academy, Coventry