Nursery children do their bit for Britain in Bloom.
The Royal Horticultural Society's (RHS) annual campaign is celebrating Britain in Bloom's golden anniversary by providing more than 500,000 golden sunflower seeds to community groups across the UK to plant in their neighbourhoods.
Children from the University of Sunderland's St Mary's Childcare Centre, supported by the university's landscape consultants Deerness, joined in the celebrations by planting 40 sunflowers seeds of their own in the Nursery grounds on Chester Road.
University Childcare Officer Maria Parkin was on hand to help the children dig for victory. She said: "Our children love being outside, planting and gardening and show great pride in their outdoor environment. Supporting RHS Growing for Gold has enabled us to extend the children's interests and teach them about the life cycle of flowers and plants. " Steve Cowie, University Operations Manager, added: "The 50th anniversary celebration of RHS Britain in Bloom is all about having fun so it is great that the children in the nursery have been able to get involved.
Launched in 1964, RHS Britain in Bloom is one of Europe's largest horticultural campaigns. More than 1,600 cities, towns and villages participate each year.
St Mary's Childcare Centre opened on the University of Sunderland campus in 1990, and was recently rated outstanding in every category by Ofsted, winning praise for its excellent knowledge and understanding.
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