Veteran gardeners team up with Plymouth children to bring flowers and bees to local community
VETERAN gardeners living in sheltered housing at Mainstone have teamed up with youngsters from a local primary school in an important environmental project.
Pattinson Court is part of the Anchor group of care homes and sheltered housing and is supporting the nationwide Save Our Bees campaign.
Youngsters from Leigham Primary School were given a talk by Jean French, chairman of the Beekeepers' Association, and she took along hives to show the children.
Around 50 pupils then helped 12 of the residents, all keen gardeners, to plant 120 daffodil bulbs.
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As well as bringing a cheery touch of spring colour for the human residents, the flowers will provide welcome nectar for the awakening bees.
The bulbs were donated by Anchor contractors Countrywide Maintenance, represented on site by Gary Ford. Pattinson Court scheme manager Trina Hearn said: "Jean French had already talked to the children, who were so enthusiastic.
"She is trying to get the message across to everyone that bees are vital for pollination of our plants and crops."
The Save Our Bees day was a bittersweet occasion for Trina, who lives at Whitsand and is leaving Pattinson Court after almost 24 years to work for her daughter at the Devon and Cornwall pub in Millbrook.