Michael grow the boat ashore in farm’s schools gardening link-up

Sam Guttridge and Craig Puddles Reynolds working on one of the boats at Farmer Parr's Animal World, Fleetwood
Sam Guttridge and Craig Puddles Reynolds working on one of the boats at Farmer Parr's Animal World, Fleetwood
  • Old boats to become floral displays
  • Part of new Schools in Bloom scheme
  • Long-term unemployed people to be given chance to join scheme
  • Schools keen to get involved
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Old rowing boats are to be turned into floral displays as part of a link between the town’s primary schools and Farmer Parrs.

The boats have been purchased from Stanley Park and are being stripped, sanded and re-painted ready for children to put their gardening skills to use.

The boats need a bit of work, sanding down and repainting and we will be getting some help from people who are long term unemployed

Lee Whitehead

It’s all part of an adopt a boat scheme called ‘Schools in Bloom’ designed to encourage children to think about nature and the environment.

Once up and running, there are plans to coincide the project with Fleetwood in Bloom.

Lee Whitehead, from Farmer Parrs Animal World, who is co-ordinating the project said it was a great opportunity to get school children involved with the farm.

He said: “We’ve bought the boats from Stanley Park and been in touch with all the schools and they are interested in taking part.

“The boats need a bit of work, sanding down and repainting and we will be getting some help from people who are long-term unemployed.

“Work has already started.

“Each school will have their own boat to cultivate.

“All they will need to provide are the seeds they want to grow.

“We are also thinking of themes, maybe kicking off with a nature theme to support different types of wildlife.

“They could grow species which are particularly important to certain insects, such as attracting butterflies or bees.”

“Vegetable growing on allotment space is also something we are looking at.

“And while the children are here they will be able to have a look around the farm, too.

“It’s a long-term project, something which we can build on and hopefully join Fleetwood in Bloom as well.

The schools have been informed about the project and Charles Saer Primary School is keen to get involved.

Assistant headteacher Mike Lees said: “I think it’s a good idea and a nice community project to get involved with.

“The children are always learning about growing vegetables and nurturing plants so it will give us the opportunity to take a more practical role in horticulture.

“We will have a group of children and an adult to take on the project, a year group or as a class project.”