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Young Minety gardeners get busy
11:00am Sunday 6th October 2013 in News
YOUNGSTERs in Minety will be getting their hands dirty as preparations get underway to create a garden for the Royal Horticultural Society’s spring show in 2014.
Sue Hodgson Jones, the RHS’s education officer, visited Mintey Pre-school to talk about the pupils’ designs and tell them how to enter.
The children, aged from 18 months to four years, will be involved in the creation of the full-size, Victorian-themed garden complete with a chimney stack, scarecrow chimney sweep and a Victorian school.
The pre-school’s forest school leader Stuart Jackson, 50, said: “The plans have gone in to the RHS and been approved now.
“We are going to go with the Education Act of 1870 as our theme. Half of the garden will be very dull with lots of green and black and, hopefully, a chimney stack built in with a scarecrow child coming out of it and a little coal mine made of wicker.
“On the other side of the path will be a Victorian School with a scarecrow teacher and a chalkboard and with lots of bright colours.”
The children will be chopping up vegetables that they grew this year to make the natural dyes for the clothes that will be made for the scarecrows.
The garden design is well underway, with seeds provided by the RHS and sponsorship from Dobbies Garden Centre, Cirencester.
However the next challenge for the little ones and staff will be to find a sponsor who can transport the garden to and from the show at the Three Counties Showground, from May 9 to 12. Anyone who can lend their support has been asked to contact the pre-school on (01666) 860009.
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