The Landscape Group (TLG) was delighted to support local school children from “The Grange Primary School” with tidying up Killen Green Park.
Around twenty children from the school’s Eco Class aged between the ages of 8 and 11 participated in the community event. At the event TLG staff talked to the children about the recent fire damage and how the removal of the park benches has affected the quality of the park. The children all agreed with the fact that these acts are negatives for their park and responded positively by saying they would never do such things.
TLG’s Management Trainee, Dominic Knower and two gardeners explained their roles and the way they keep the park maintained.
On the day, the children got involved in the following activities:
- Litter picking:
The children collected all the rubbish in the park using litter grabbers and bin bags.
During this activity, the importance of keeping the park free of rubbish, especially glass and metal cans was explained to them. They were told that is can be dangerous for people and pets.
- Plant identification:
The children were challenged to recognise different plants in the flower beds using picture sheets they were given.
- Seed collection:
The children were given envelopes with pictures of three plants/flowers on them. They had to gather the correct seeds for each plant.
- Removal of dead plant material:
Using hand tools, the children helped to remove all of dead plants from the flower beds.
Dominic said: “The event was a great success, we are currently experiencing difficulties in the park and other neighbouring parks with youths vandalising and starting fires. Educating the younger generations on how to look after parks means that there is less chance of them growing up and falling into the same behaviour”.
Images used with permission from: The Grange Primary School