40,000 bulbs planted! Thanks to Welwyn Garden City schools for joining the celebrations

The Welwyn Garden City (WGC) Centenary Foundation and community charity Groundwork East are sending thanks to schools across the garden city for their part in marking the coming centenary.

Schools took part in sessions run by Groundwork and funded by the WGC Centenary Foundation that will result in an array of colourful bulbs emerging in time for the 100-year celebrations.

Groundwork worked with pupils to plant bulbs and fruit trees in each of their school grounds after the Foundation spoke to them about the history of the town and the forthcoming centenary celebrations.

5,000 children took part in the sessions, making a grand total of over 40,000 bulbs planted throughout the garden city. These bulbs will flower next Spring and in future years, a reminder of the centenary year.

None of this would have been possible without the generous sponsorship and support from the John Lewis Partnership and Waitrose stores in the garden city, The Stefanou Foundation and the Hobson Trust.

Sam Harbour, Project Officer at Groundwork said “These sessions were fantastic to run, the children all got involved and were very enthusiastic in their planting! Their participation in the project will connect them with the history of their city for years to come.”

David Kell, Schools Project Leader for the WGC Centenary Foundation said “We are delighted that almost all the primary schools took part in the sessions, we feel that the project has really brought the city together to celebrate its heritage. The bulbs and plants will be a visual reminder of the celebration, and connect parents, children, and the schools to one another and their city.”

Find out more about the project