Busy bee nursery. PHOTO: MATTHEW POWER PHOTOGRAPHY
Submitted by Grand Union Housing Group
A nursery in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, has helped brighten up the local community with a gardening project.
Children from Busy Bees Nursery rolled up their sleeves to plant herbs and flowers at a community event.
The toddlers teamed up with Grand Union Housing Group and The Hill Group for the project, who also provided handmade upcycled planters.
The organizations are building a development opposite Busy Bees, intended to provide Extra Care apartments for the over 55s.
The gardening project was intended to sow the seeds of a lasting bond between Busy Bees and the Extra Care program, Sorrel Gardens.
The nursery has already been heavily involved in the development, with children providing artwork to be displayed on the picket fence.
Karen Nicholson, Head of Community Investments at Grand Union, said: “The benefits of working across generations are clearly demonstrated and working with The Hill and Busy Bees.
“I’m really excited to see how we can develop more intergenerational projects between our clients living in Sorrel Gardens and the children in the crèche.”
Mick Clarke, Site Manager at The Hill, added: “Creating social value for the local community is a passion for us at Hill.
“This project of providing recycled planters to the children of Busy Bees has been a wonderful way to provide the children with something educational and experimental, teaching them the joy of growing something from seed.”
Laura Howard, Assistant Center Manager at Busy Bees Biggleswade Saxon Centre, said: “We are honored to have the opportunity to work with Grand Union Housing Group and The Hill Group to make a difference in the community.
“As a center, we want to be able to help use recycled wood and turn it into amazing projects.
“It’s great to teach kids about community and how we can help others around us.
“The kids really enjoyed helping plant the flowers and herbs and we are all very proud of them.”
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