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01/06/12: Kendal pupils create Olympic garden

Pupils at a Kendal primary school are celebrating the start of the Olympics by creating a new flower garden in the design of the famous Olympic rings.

The garden is being built in the playing field at Heron Hill Primary School, on Hayfell Avenue, and all year groups are getting involved in planting flowers to create the five giant interconnected rings, as part of their Olympic themed studies.

Used electricity poles take centre stage in Olympic gardenParents have been busy helping to build the structure and foundations for the garden which the school wants to be a lasting legacy for future generations.

The rings, which are one and a half metres in diameter and will contain more than 300 plants, are being created using 150 wooden poles which were donated to the school by Electricity North West, the company which operates the region’s electricity network.

Dave Hodgson and Guy Domville, parents at the school and both employees at Electricity North West, have led the project. Dave said: “Everyone has been very supportive of the project and in helping us to get it off the ground. Special thanks to my colleagues at Electricity North West for donating the wooden poles, which are perfect for building the structure of the rings.”

The design of the garden means the flowers will be elevated, using the wooden poles cut to different heights to border the rings.

Head teacher at Heron Hill Primary School, Peter Hicks, said: “The idea for the Olympic garden was to provide something to be enjoyed by current and future pupils. By encouraging all year groups to get involved, we hope to create something they can all be proud of as well as helping them learn about the importance of working together as a team.

“We’ve got lots of Olympic themed events coming up including sports days, visits from athletes and one of the Olympic torch bearers is coming in to talk to the pupils. The garden will be at the heart of all our activity.”

The completed garden will be unveiled in time for the Olympic torch passing through Kendal on 22 June and will be in full bloom throughout the Games this summer.

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