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Leek Lions help pupils at Springfield Special School to get green-fingered

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: July 29, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

  • From the left: teaching assistant Dee Leaf, Callum Kirk, William Bode, Joe Harvey, Sophie Jones, teaching assistant Niomi Fletcher, Chloe Bagshaw, Henrique McGuinness, and Leek Lion Linda Demaid-Jones. At the back, from the left, Leek Lions members John Demaid-Jones, Chris Gee, Ed Goldstraw, and Alan Robinson.

  • From the left: teaching assistant Dee Leaf, Callum Kirk, William Bode, Joe Harvey, Sophie Jones, teaching assistant Niomi Fletcher, Chloe Bagshaw, Henrique McGuinness, and Leek Lion Linda Demaid-Jones. At the back, from the left, Leek Lions members John Demaid-Jones, Chris Gee, Ed Goldstraw, and Alan Robinson.

  • From left, teaching assistant Dee Leaf, Callum Kirk, William Bode, Joe Harvey, Sophie Jones, teaching assistant Niomi Fletcher, Chloe Bagshaw, Henrique McGuinness, and Leek Lion Linda Demaid-Jones. At the back, from the left, Leek Lions members John Demaid-Jones, Chris Gee, Ed Goldstraw, and Alan Robinson.

  • From left, William Bode, Sophie Jones, Joe Harvey, Chloe Bagshaw, Chris Gee and Alan Robinson with, at the back from the left, John Demaid-Jones and Ed Goldstraw.

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Youngsters at a special school have been seeing the fruits of their labours – thanks to a helping hand from a fund-raising organisation.

The Lions Club of Leek visited Springfield Special Community School in Leek earlier this year to erect three large gardening planters, which the organisation paid £500 for, in the school's field.

Since then the pupils and staff have been planting and tending the 12 foot long by four foot wide planters, which have now started to bear fruit, vegetables and flowers.

Members of the Leek Lions have now returned to the Springfield Road school to have a look at the results of both their and the children's hard work.

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Lions president Ed Goldstraw said: "We are very pleased to have carried out this sizeable project locally, as that is what the Lions Club is about."

Plants that are beginning to bare their produce include cabbages, beetroot, onions, carrots, peas and potatoes, and the garden also has a pear tree.

Lions member Linda Demaid-Jones added: "We are very impressed with the progress that has been made by the children with these planters. It is fantastic to see youngsters getting green-fingered.

"This project has definitely been money well spent."

The youngsters thanked the Leek Lions by presenting them with a specially made 'Thank You' card.

Springfield teacher Janet Mason, who has been in charge of the school's gardening project, added: "We would like to thank the Leek Lions for their hard work and generosity in this project.

"It is fabulous for the children who have enjoyed looking after the plants. We are hoping to use the produce in our school kitchen and the garden is also attracting a variety of insects and bees."

The new planters have led to the introduction of a new gardening dlub during lunchtimes at Springfield Special School.

The Leek Lions, which currently has 23 members, carries out a number of projects within the local community as well as send aid for the work of the wider International Lions.

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