Bainbridge Primary School create Pocket Garden for the Flowers of the Dales Festival

PUBLISHED: 01:10 08 March 2014 | UPDATED: 01:10 08 March 2014

Harrogate Spring Flower Show pocket garden

Harrogate Spring Flower Show pocket garden

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North Yorkshire youngsters are picking flowers for a pocket garden

A blossoming partnership between Leyburn schoolchildren, Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust and an award-winning designer is set to result in a lovely mini-garden of wildflowers for Harrogate Spring Flower Show.

Pupils from Bainbridge Primary School have teamed up with staff from local charity YDMT and garden designer Chris Myers, a Royal Horticultural Society gold medal winner, to showcase the extraordinary natural beauty of early-blooming wildflowers.

Together they’re creating a riot of colour and texture in a plot just one metre square for the show’s new Pocket Garden category. Despite the small scale, the team are thinking big, hoping to distil the essence of spring wildflower habitats into the miniature garden.

The youngsters, aged seven to nine, have been set the task of developing design ideas for their pocket garden, selecting their favourite native species to feature in the planting scheme.

Assistant headteacher David Moore said: ‘This is a wonderful opportunity for the children to learn about the wildflowers that are around them and see their designs and ideas come to fruition for display at a highly prestigious public event.’

Chris Myers, garden designer, TV presenter and ambassador for YDMT, is working with the children to select the best elements and ideas to include in the final design. He’ll then offer expert advice on sourcing and nurturing the plants to create a vibrant mini-garden ready for the show.

‘We’re so lucky to have the Dales as our backyard,’ he said. ‘The wildflowers found there constantly wow me and are such an important part of this stunning environment.

‘I’m so pleased to be involved with the YDMT pocket garden, supporting the natural beauty we all love and helping the kids of Bainbridge School learn about and celebrate the flowers of the Dales.’

The project supports the aims of YDMT’s Flowers of the Dales Festival, which includes over a hundred public events to raise awareness about the range and importance of wildflower habitats.

Project officer Tanya St Pierre is helping to teach the children at Bainbridge about the incredible variety of common, not-so-common and rare wildflowers that can be found in the Dales in habitats ranging from ancient woodlands to species-rich hay meadows, and the insects and animals that depend on them.

‘We’re really excited to be working with Chris and the teachers and pupils at Bainbridge Primary School on this project,’ she said. ‘As well as being beautiful to look at, wildflowers provide nectar and pollen for threatened bumblebees and other pollinators right through from spring to autumn, so they provide enormous wildlife benefits.’

The Flowers of the Dales Festival runs from March to November. For a free copy of the programme, phone YDMT on 015242 51002 or email info@ydmt.org.

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