Junior Bloomers

Newport in Bloom has always encouraged the involvement of children and young people in its planting activities in the town, and has received considerable support from local schools and Guide and Scout groups over the years.  Our own volunteers have brought along their children, and subsequently their teenagers, to help with planting and clearing at various sites, and they have proved to be an invaluable asset to our group.

In autumn 2016 we attempted to capture the interest of younger children in particular by supervising the building of a bug hotel and the planting of spring bulbs at the Wrekin Avenue play area.

In 2017 we took on a rather neglected allotment which we cleared and prepared for our Junior Bloomers.

With the support of their parents, we enabled them to select and sow seeds and weed and water their individual plots. Colourful heritage potatoes and carrots were grown and each child took a seed at the beginning of the season to grow a pumpkin for Halloween. The children were fascinated to watch their crops germinate and grow and their first harvest was magnificent – in particular the beans, radishes, tomatoes and chard.

To hold their interest while waiting for the harvest (and afterwards) we hold competitions, which may include the tallest sunflower grown, the scariest pumpkin carved for Halloween, the best scarecrow built and the weirdest vegetable grown.

If you have a child who would be interested in growing things (and maybe getting a little muddy in the process!) and if you have the time to come with them to encourage them, please use the “Contact Us” form to let us know.

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