Pupils and staff at Canning Street Primary School will be helping to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee at the opening of their new allotments and gardens later this week.
The children have invited the Lord-Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear, Nigel Sherlock, to officially open their new gardens on Thursday, 29 March at 2pm and give the project the royal seal of approval.
The Lord-Lieutenant, who is the county’s official representative for Her Majesty The Queen, will also plant the first of 60 saplings which will mark Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee.
The allotment and gardens feature raised beds for each of the year groups, herb garden, bird hide, potting shed and outdoor classroom.
There are four areas in the gardens featuring a pond which hopes to encourage wildlife, a sensory garden, a bird and butterfly viewing area plus an orchard with dwarf fruit trees.
Parents and local gardeners will also get an opportunity to show off their gardening skills by getting involved with the school’s after school clubs.
The garden has been created in partnership with Richard Smith and his company Dig It!
At Thursday’s official opening the Lord-Lieutenant will be met by representatives from the School Council and headteacher Heather Campbell. She said: "The allotment and gardens is a project that we at Canning Street Primary School are very proud of. It has taken a long time to achieve what we wanted but we are very excited about the fantastic opportunities it will offer our pupils, school and the local community."
She added: "I am delighted to welcome the Lord-Lieutenant to our school and our pupils cannot wait to show him the allotment and the work we have done. We are also proud that he will be planting the first of our jubilee saplings to celebrate the Queen’s special anniversary."
The Lord-Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear, Nigel Sherlock, said: "The allotment and garden is an excellent and imaginative way children can learn a range of skills and I am thrilled to be asked to officially open it. I’m sure it will be enjoyed by the children of Canning Street Primary School and the local community. I am also delighted to plant the first of sixty trees to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee."
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