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21 March 2011, 17:04
Working with their Neighbourhood Management Team, Year 6 pupils at Falconhurst School in Eaglestone have undertaken the first in a month long series of planting events to launch Milton Keynes entry to the Royal Horticultural Society National Britain in Bloom Finals.
With the help of Maurice Barnes, Neighbourhood Engagement Officer, the school planted over 80 young trees, donated by the Woodland Trust in the Green Flag Award-winning Eaglestone Local Park. The trees have been selected for their year-round colour and will provide a habitat for local wildlife for years to come.
Milton Keynes is a 2011 finalist in the “Large City” category of the competition and is up against entries from Bristol, Brent, and Edinburgh. Judges will be visiting later this year in August to assess the city for its horticultural achievement, environmental responsibility and community participation.
Cllr Mike Galloway, Cabinet Member for Environment said:
“Going through to the finals of the Britain in Bloom awards is a great recognition of what our city has to offer and involving young people in the next stage of this is a great way of ensuring the green spaces Milton Keynes is so proud of will be looked after for generations to come”.