Students put flower power in to Thurnscoe

Students (L-R) Brandon Hopkinson, Jake Burton, Daniel Gibson and Thomas David with Pauline McDougall.
Students (L-R) Brandon Hopkinson, Jake Burton, Daniel Gibson and Thomas David with Pauline McDougall.
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A GROUP of green-fingered students are brightening up Thurnscoe with 75 colourful, hand-made summer plant pots.

Year 10 students from the Dearne ALC designed and planted containers as part of a GCSE Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE) Citizenship and Community module.

Then they donated them to the residents of Keepmoat’s Seasons housing development.

The youngsters researched containers, plants and composts, looking at sustainability and cost, before settling on two attractive designs.

With help from younger members of the school’s Garden Club, over 400 plants were potted to make up the finished products which have now been presented to the local community.

The college received £500 funding for the project through the Keepmoat Community Fund, a pot of £100,000 earmarked for investment over the coming years in local projects that will make a positive contribution to the community, enhance the lives of residents and help attract investment in the area.

Pauline McDougall, Learning Support Team Leader with Dearne ALC, said: “The funding from Keepmoat has proven invaluable in getting this project off the ground. The students have worked hard on creating the plant pots so it’s fantastic for them to see their efforts making a difference to local people and the wider community.”

David Carmichael, Partnerships Director for Keepmoat Yorkshire, added: “Seasons is a large scale regeneration project that will help breathe new life into Thurnscoe. By working closely with local people and supporting projects such as this we can build a strong, sustainable and vibrant community that can be enjoyed by generations to come.”