Reap What You Sow11th October 2012
50 students and volunteers came together to plant 3,000 different species of daffodil bulbs in memory of loved ones in time for spring. Students from the Calderdale College Horticulture department assisted Marie Curie foundation in planting their annual field of hope at Manor Heath Park, Halifax.
Calderdale College students assisted students from Ravenscliffe High Special School and Savile Park Primary School in planting over 3,000 daffodil bulbs in time for spring. Calderdale College Horticulture one year Level 1 and Level 2 courses have been running for two years, the course develops learners’ skills as a horticulturist enabling them to work alongside The Council, Parks, Leisure Services and local environmental organisations.
Claire Docker, Calderdale College Horticulture student from Todmorden hopes to open an allotment of her own and work with people with mental health disabilities: “It was lots of fun helping student’s plant daffodils. The day was inspirational; it feels good to know I am making a difference in the community.”
Luke Allinson, Calderdale College Horticulture student from Halifax said: “It has been an amazing, intense and unique day, I am very glad I was able to make a difference.”
Michael Firth, Calderdale College Horticulture student from Huddersfield hopes to work in Horticulture with children with disabilities: “Today was very inspiring, I really enjoyed working with the students that did a great job.”
Philip Johnson, Nursery Supervisor at Manor Heath Nursery was very pleased with the students’ commitment and enthusiasm: “It has been brilliant; we started at 1.30pm and have been working with groups from Ravenscliffe High Special School and Savile Park Primary School. The students really enjoyed themselves, everyone got their hands dirty and a good time was had by all.”
Horticulture Lecturer at Calderdale College, Poppy Firth, said: “It was a very magical, exhilarating community focused day.”
Beryl Richie, Treasurer of Marie Curie Halifax Fundraising group was delighted with the day’s outcome: “We have had a wonderful day, Calderdale College students made such a difference. This year has gone extremely well, last year we had to round up people in the park, this year the wonderful teams from Calderdale College, Ravenscliffe High Special School and Savile Park Primary School helped make the day a success.”
“I am thrilled to bits it was such a wonderful event. Everyone made their presence felt by planting the bulbs in memory of loved ones and extended the field of hope. A lot of bulbs have been donated by the Manor Heath Park, Calderdale College Horticulture department and Kershaw’s Garden Centre, Brighouse, continued Beryl.”