The Mayor of Havering helped children at Nelmes Primary School in Hornchurch plant their own sweet peas last week in support of a Council-led initiative that aims to increase the nectar source for wildlife in the borough.
The Council is offering sweet pea seeds to all primary schools in Havering to support wildlife, as well as making it a greener place to live, work and visit. It’s also one of a number of initiatives in place as part of the Council’s Cleaner Havering campaign.
The project is hoped to encourage kids to get green-fingered and develop a love for the environment as young as possible, and the idea came from the Mayor herself, Cllr Lynden Thorpe, and her consort, David Thorpe, who do a lot of planting themselves.
The Essex Wildlife trust is also supporting the project and worked with the Council to produce an easy-to-follow guide for kids, showing them how exactly to plant the seeds.
Last week, the children in Year 1 at the school were shown how to make a pot for the planting using only newspaper. The sweet pea seeds they planted are expected to flower by summer.
William Constable, 6, was one of the children who planted the seeds with the Mayor. He said:
“At first I felt that I might make a mistake, but it was fun and I’ve never done it before.”
Councillor Barry Tebbutt, Cabinet Member for StreetCare, said:
“Kids are our future, so anything we can do to encourage them to take care of and look after our environment at a young age can only be a good thing. I hope all the primary schools in the borough take advantage of the scheme.”
Emily Holt, Education Officer for the Essex Wildlife Trust, said:
“I think this is a great initiative and we’re really happy to support the Council. These kids are going to look after our green spaces in the future, so it’s really important to get them involved in nature as young as possible.”
Nelmes Primary is a regular winner in the Havering in Bloom competition, and has won awards in the last four years.
Havering has won the London in Bloom Biodiversity Award in 2011 and 2012 as well as the Silver Gilt Award for Best Borough in 2012.