Egerton Primary School pupils get their hands dirty to improve Egerton Park
GREEN-fingered pupils got their hands dirty during work to improve their local park.
Youngsters from Egerton Primary School and St John’s Primary School in Bromley Cross planted daffodils and tulips at Egerton Park to kick off a long term project.
The project is being organised by the Egerton Park Improvement Committee who formed a year ago with the intention of bringing their local park to life.
Vice chairman of the committee, Amy Cowen said: “We all agreed that the park was looking very tired and in need of improvements so we decided to set up the committee.
“One thing we really wanted to do was get the local community involved and especially local children who regularly use the park.
“It is great to see them working hard and I’m sure it will give them a real sense of responsibility when the flowers start to show — they will be able to bring their friends and family here and say ‘look, I did that’.”
The children have planted a variety of bulbs around the park’s stone circle and soon children from two other local primary schools — Walmsley and Eagley — will be getting involved with the improvement project.
The bulbs have all been donated by Sean and Sam Connor on behalf of gardening firm De Ree UK.
But as Amy revealed, this is just the first step. She said: “Eventually we want to see brand new play equipment installed in the park and we have been raising money for that but there is a long way to go.”
Another member of the committee is Bromley Cross ward councillor and leader of the Bolton Conservatives, Cllr David Greenhalgh.
He said: “This is a really positive thing to be going on in the area.
“The committee have worked really hard and hit is a great idea to involve the local children in the project.
“We are currently looking at all funding possibilities and next year is the centenary of when the park opened — which was just three days after the outbreak of the First World War, so we may be able to tie something in with that.”
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