Friday 5 June was a day of mixed fortunes. As with every park event there is always some anxiety about the weather especially when, as in this case, thunder storms are forecast. Fortunately they didn't arrive and it remained dry throughout the visit from St George's Primary School year four students. This was the fourth time teachers and children from the school have been involved in planting in the park over the year that Let's Eat the Park has existed. On this occasion 28 children formed into two groups who took turns to plant the bed and/or to go round the park with members of the LEAP team to look at the progress of the project and to find out more about the flora and fauna that live in the park. However, not everything went entirely to plan. First of all there was the tense time prior to the allotted hour when the children were due but when WFDC -who donate bedding plants twice a year for this purpose - had not yet arrived with the plants and the truck was stuck in traffic. The plants and children eventually turned up at the same time - after a phone call to the Parks Department had reassured us the truck was indeed on its way. We had been planning to replant the St George's flag that was a popular floral feature last year, but had to quickly change our plans when orange and yellow marigolds, blue salvias and white begonias were delivered. Undeterred and with one eye on the grey clouds gathering overhead the LEAP team and the party of enthusiastic young gardeners set about planting the bed with what plants we had available. Thankfully the rain held off and the planting and nature trail visit went very well with the children's energy and enthusiasm driving it on. They asked lots of questions (some of which we could answer- some like 'how do birds know there are insects in the meadow area' were more challenging) but they all showed a lot of interest in the LEAP project as the children always have in the past. Some of the students had been to plantings and other LEAP events before and we are always bowled over by how much they remember and their meticulous attention to detail. So okay, the triangular bed is not what we had planned, but it has now been planted with the donated flowers and looks very much better than it did before. The children are aware of the location of the edibles growing in the park and they were all keen to sample them (especially the raspberries and strawberries) when they are ripe. They have also been updated on the wildlife corridor and bird box projects and all of year four without exception expressed their approval for LEAP and all the other park based activities organised by the Friends group. So once again many thanks to the staff and children of St George's CE Primary School for their involvement and interest in what we are doing in St George's Park - the People's Park Since 1927.
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