Students plant seed of friendship at Holly Lodge

This week saw a group of students from Sunnydale campus engage in a session of gardening activities with older members of the community living at Holly Lodge.

The sessions were delivered by staff and volunteers from Shildon Alive: A St John’s Church Project, and staff from Shildon Town Council and was organised by Steph Waites, activities coordinator for Holly Lodge.

There were a range of activities taking place inside and out, from putting on seed that will benefit the residents later on in the season, to potting tomato plants.

There was lots of chatting and laughter from all involved as they worked.

The students provided a bit of muscle, digging over borders and planting spring flowering bulbs, including daffodils, tulips, hyacinth and pansies.

The students from Sunnydale Campus of Greenfield Community College helped to get newly installed raised beds planted up with allotment favourites potatoes, carrots, beetroot and onions.

The session ended with a hot drink for all involved and lots of discussion about how the day had gone.

“A big thank you to the five students who worked very hard throughout the session and helped the residents produce some lovely planters and reinvigorate the communal garden,” said a spokesperson for Holly Lodge.

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