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Guerrilla gardening on the Ings

Guerrilla gardening on the Ings

kids1Schoolchildren are becoming Guerrilla Gardeners at three primary schools on the Ings estate in east Hull. 

In the Guerrilla Gardening Club, children at Ings Primary School have made crafty things such as mosaics, bird boxes, bug hotels and flower troughs which were placed around the school garden. 

These fun after-school activities, designed to inspire children’s interest in environmental sustainability, are provided by Newground’s ReachOut Ings Team. The project will come to Neasden and Bellfield primary schools next term.

The Guerrilla Gardening project is just one of many exciting projects for young people in the area Newground is delivering through its ReachOut Ings project in recognition of Hull’s year as City of Culture. ReachOut Ings is supported by Together Housing Group and Compendium Living, who are working in partnership to regenerate the Ings estate, creating high-quality affordable homes.

The outdoor classroom at Ings Primary School provides opportunities for hands-on learning and practical skills development, and has been very well-received. Head Teacher at the school, Jonathan Row, praised the project saying: “The children currently taking part in the Guerrilla Gardening Club are clearly enjoying themselves and building positive relationships with ReachOut staff. As we move further into the regeneration of Ings it is hoped that the consistency of the school and youth team will provide the community with some form of stability during this changing time.”

Belle Paterson, Newground Community Development Officer, added: “Parents want to know there is a safe place for their children to go and things to do after school and in the holidays. ReachOut Ings is meeting that need, working closely with partners to provide activities and support that makes a huge difference to young people growing up on the estate and their families.”

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