This year we welcomed two new schools, Ysgol Trimsaran and Ysgol Mynydd Y Garreg, to join pupils from Ysgol Gwenllian, Ysgol Y Castell, Ysgol Heol Goffa, and Myrddin Special Unit in creating pencil planters for the gardens at Parc Y Bocs.
As part of the Community Garden Project, led by Burns in the Community Officer Chris Cray, the schools were invited to take part in creating their own themed planter for the gardens.
“Each year it’s brilliant to see what the children come up with for their planters.” Said Chris “They come along week after week working to create these brilliant designs and tending to the plants and they really take a lot of pride in their work. The end result is always great to see, and this year is no different.”
The schools were provided with pencil planters created by volunteers from Mencap Cymru and school pupils from Ysgol Heol Goffa and Ysgol Y Strade who are better known as Criw Cŵl.
On July 12 the pupils and teachers were invited to Parc Y Bocs to celebrate their achievements. Adding a bit of friendly competition to the proceedings the planters were judged by business owner John Burns and General Manager Becky Gardener.
Becky said “The children have all done such fantastic work that they really didn’t make it easy to decide upon a winner. We really are privileged to be able to have these planters to display here at Parc Y Bocs.”
Although it was not an easy job a winner was chosen. Congratulations to Ysgol Y Castell who won £100 for their school with their ‘Meal Barrows’ creation.
“The children came up with the concept of Meal Barrows to showcase how you can make meals from plants.” Said Delyth Goodfellow, Headteacher at Ysgol Y Castell “They created three wheelbarrows to represent a starter, a main meal and a dessert. It was a wonderful idea and we are very proud of them.”
This year each school came up with their own theme for their planters and the kids took the opportunity to get really creative with their ideas.
Other themes created by the pupils were ‘Around the world’, ‘Dinosaur park’, ‘a sensory garden’, ‘the seaside’ and ‘a fairy garden’, all of which were highly commended for their efforts.
All schools were presented with a Buddy Bench for their school playground. The Buddy Bench is a great tool to encourage socialisation and to help conquer loneliness on the school playground. If a child is feeling lonely or doesn’t have someone to play with, they can go to the bench to signal to the other children that they would like someone to play with or talk to.
All of the children worked so hard to design and look after their pencil planters. Come and see the fruits of their labour at Parc Y Bocs where the planters will be displayed for the foreseeable future.