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The National Trust, Benedict Primary School and Phipps Bridge Community Centre.

ranger walkChristine Smith, head teacher at Benedict Primary School tells YMT about their involvement in a community project:

The National Trust approached the youth centre at Phipps Bridge to talk about a project to improve Morden Hall Park to make it more inviting to visitors.

Children from Year 5 at Benedict Primary School undertook a ranger walk with the National Trust in June to identify improvements that could be made and what kind of plants would enhance the environment. They took photos of ideas and framed them so that they could decide on the project that would have the greatest impact. They selected the entrance to Morden Hall Park at the Phipps Bridge Tram Stop.

During the summer holiday children from Benedict Primary School and the youth centre at Phipps Bridge joined together with the national Trust for four days see the designs and ideas come to fruition. They dug over the area at the entrance and planted some carefully chosen plants and shrubs. Over time we will see the white flowers and red berries of the Guelder Rose and Hawthorn and the fruit of the Blackthorn that you can use to make jam. Honeysuckle has been planted at the base of the signs so that over time this creates an aromatic arch with beautiful flowers that will attract the bees. The children dug the area, designed and planted the shrubs.

There will be a plaque placed to celebrate the partnership working between The National Trust, Benedict Primary School and the Phipps Bridge Community Centre.

For more information about Benedict Primary School see the website.



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