Children wild about work in the garden

Digging in: Schoolchildren work to create a wildlife garden at Lytton Court sheltered housing scheme in Parson Cross.
Digging in: Schoolchildren work to create a wildlife garden at Lytton Court sheltered housing scheme in Parson Cross.
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GREEN-FINGERED pupils lent a hand to help older residents brighten up their sheltered housing complex amid the winter gloom.

The youngsters, from Chaucer College, Parson Cross, joined tenants at the nearby Lytton Court sheltered scheme.

Angus Hunter, Sheffield Homes’ community forestry officer, was also there to help with the work to create a small orchard and wildlife garden in the grounds of the properties, which house elderly residents.

The pupils helped to plant a variety of trees and shrubs in the grounds with the help of residents and Sheffield Homes staff.

Meanwhile, Sheffield Homes estate officers Andy Robinson and Bernard Dixon both stayed all day to plant 130 shrubs in two new beds.

One resident said: “The children have worked really hard to get this planting done. I can’t wait for spring when we can see our efforts hopefully bloom!

“A big thank you to everyone at Sheffield Homes who helped with this and a big thank you to the students at Chaucer College for their help with planting.”

Rhian Owen, Sheffield Homes sheltered homes manager, said: “Our residents at Lytton Court have been looking forward to getting the orchard and wildlife garden planted.

“The community forestry officers have worked hard getting the garden designed and the students at Chaucer College have done a brilliant job getting the job finished at the complex.”

Sheffield Homes is carrying out its annual tree planting campaign across the city’s estates over the winter period.

The company is urging more schools, community groups and individuals to get involved and help with the planting efforts.

For details, call Jez Platts, Sheffield Homes community forester, on 0114 2734303.

Alternatively, contact Sheffield Homes estate services team on 0114 293 0000 or email: enquiries@sheffieldhomes.org.uk