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40 pupils from Falkland Primary School were joined by the Mayor of Newbury and Newbury in Bloom volunteers on Friday 25 May to plant sunflowers in support of the people of Ukraine.

180 sunflower seeds were planted in a new bed at Greenham House Gardens, with school staff and members of the Newbury Town Council Green Spaces Working Group lending a hand with the work. Comments amongst the children included, “it was the best morning ever” and “it was the most fun I've had in a long time!”.

The sunflower is the national flower of Ukraine, and it is hoped that they will grow into a symbol of solidarity and support for the local Ukrainian community.

Mayor of Newbury Cllr Nigel Foot said, “The children seemed to have lots of fun planting the seeds and are excited about watching them bloom later in the year. The flowers will make for a beautiful display throughout the summer, whilst holding a deeper significance for those displaced to Newbury by the war.

Cllr Nigel Foot, Mayor of Newbury nigel.foot@newbury.gov.uk 07970 790773

James Heasman, Parks & Open Spaces Supervisor james.heasman@newbury.gov.uk 07931 150990


Children Planting The Sunflowers
Cllr Nigel Foot And Children From Falkland Primary School Edit2