Community project sees student planting flourish

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Last Updated: 20 Feb 2019 8:14am

A new community project supported by Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council has begun at Tonbridge Cemetery. On Tuesday 5 February, students from Oakley College in Tonbridge started work on a plant bed which they will continue work on through the winter, spring and summer of 2019.

The borough council has been working with Oakley College to provide a suitable area, prepare the bed and purchase the plants.  The team of students have designed the bed and selected plants to add a variety of colours to the entrance to the cemetery.  Councillors for the Castle Ward Cllr Vivian Branson and Cllr Owen Baldock came along on the day to meet the students and to see the planting for themselves.

Cllr Owen Baldock, Member for the Castle Ward says: “We’re proud to support such a worthwhile project that will benefit both students at Oakley College and the wider community.  I hope that visitors to the cemetery enjoy the new planting.  A great deal of hard work and learning that has gone in to the plant bed.”

Oakley College promotes practical learning in subjects such as Life Skills, Food Technology and learning outside the classroom which includes Horticulture.  This project is part of the curriculum and aims to introduce students to new skills that will help them to develop confidence and gain independence in a live working job role.  Teacher Jackie Ellis says:  “The students have really enjoyed planning the bed by using design skills, sharing ideas and decision making in selecting plants.  It has been an engaging project so far and being outdoors for the planting today has been good fun - we’re thankful that the weather has been kind to us!”

Cllr Vivian Branson, Member for the Castle Ward adds:  “It’s been lovely to meet the students today and to see the great work they are doing. I look forward to seeing the plant bed flourish over the seasons to come.”

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