THE Bishop of Manchester, the Rt Rev David Walker, visited Horwich Parish Primary School to help pupils add the finishing touches to a poppy garden.

Youngsters have created the garden as part of a project to remember those who died in conflict, and mark 100 years since the start of World War One, during which 121 people from the parish lost their lives.

The Bishop praised students for their hard work when he visited the garden at the school’s new allotment, before planting the centrepiece of the display to complete the project.

The allotment was made possible thanks to funding from Yorkshire-based Engage Mutual after an application from customer Anne Nightingale, who is head of the parent teachers’ association, Pupils and volunteers transformed disused space behind the school into a thriving allotment, garden and outdoor learning zone.

Anne said: “This is a fantastic resource and it was an honour to welcome the Bishop.

“A lot of hard work has gone into creating it and it was fantastic for pupils to be able to show off their accomplish ments.”