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Barking school garden given boost with Chelsea Flower Show plants

PUBLISHED: 12:00 13 June 2018

Thames View Infants pupils with plants collected from the Chelsea Flower Show Picture: Jimmy Lee

Thames View Infants pupils with plants collected from the Chelsea Flower Show Picture: Jimmy Lee

Jimmy Lee

Green-fingered youngsters have a new-look school garden thanks to the Chelsea Flower Show.

Children from Thames View Infants collected plants left over from the famous flower show as part of an innovative recycling scheme that will see 5,000 plants and materials rehomed.

The project, in partnership with architects Wayward and Barking Riverside, aims to create a lasting legacy for the show.

Paul Jordan, headteacher at the Bastable Avenue school said: “We’re keen gardeners here at TVI and these wonderful plants from the world’s most famous flower show will certainly have their place in our already flourishing school grounds.

“Many of our children do not have back gardens so a priority for us is to ensure that they have beautiful green spaces to enjoy.”

Thames View Infants pupils with plants collected from the Chelsea Flower Show Picture: Jimmy LeeThames View Infants pupils with plants collected from the Chelsea Flower Show Picture: Jimmy Lee

This isn’t the first time the flower show’s plants have come to Barking, either - seven community groups received flowers last year and their gardens are now flourishing.

Thames View Infants pupils with plants collected from the Chelsea Flower Show Picture: Jimmy LeeThames View Infants pupils with plants collected from the Chelsea Flower Show Picture: Jimmy Lee

Thames View Infants pupils with plants collected from the Chelsea Flower Show Picture: Jimmy LeeThames View Infants pupils with plants collected from the Chelsea Flower Show Picture: Jimmy Lee

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