Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Hailsham Community Fire station blooming marvellous

Budding young Hailsham gardeners have seen their winning designs take root and revamp the front of the town's fire station gardens.

The idea behind the project was for schoolchildren in year five to take part in a colouring competition, with the winners from each school seeing firsthand their winning design come to fruition. The designs were brought to life as children planted flowers in the fire station’s front garden, with RAF cadets doing the ground preparation work.

The competition was launched as part of the Community Fire Safety Schools Project in Hailsham, which involved four local primary schools, the local horticultural society (charity) and the RAF cadets.

Firefighter Jason Hull said: “The reason why we did this was to enable us to meet with a number of different groups within the community and make full use of our unused gardens.

“All of year five students from each school were asked to design a small garden for our fire station, after a visit by us, a winner was chosen from each school and they came along with classmates to the fire station to plant their winning design, with the help of Hailsham in Bloom local volunteers. They were then shown around the fire station and took part in a little quiz to test what they had learned.

"It also gave us an opportunity to offer fire and road safety advice, bring the community together by involving year five children, RAF cadets and Hailsham in Bloom volunteers, who all made this project possible. We hope that they will remember this as an enjoyable experience.

“Without the good will of all those involved including; Hailsham in Bloom, the RAF cadets, our contractors John Farringtons and of course the four local schools involved (Marshlands, Grovelands, White House and Hawk Farm) we would not have been able to pull this together. We believe the children learnt so much and it is great to see that community spirit is still alive, as well as bringing to life the front of our community fire station."

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