Children Dig In to create peace garden

Preston MP Mark Hendrick
Preston MP Mark Hendrick
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Pupils from Lea Primary School in Preston have been working with military veteran gardening charity Dig In to create a peace garden marking the centenary of the First World War.

The school hope it will serve as a peaceful and calm area of the school where children can go with their thoughts, as well as serving as a reminder of the war dead.

The garden was opened by Preston MP Mark Hendrick this week.

He said: “I feel honoured to be invited to Lea Primary school and have been very impressed with the hard work that the staff, governors, Dig-In volunteers, the local community, parents and especially the pupils have put into commemorating this very important event.

“I am proud that the pupils that paid their respects to fallen soldiers in France and Belgium were the perfect ambassadors of Preston.”

Since September, all classes throughout the school have been taught about the events and impacts of the First World Wat themed learning.

This included a trip to the French battlefields and pupils taking part in a pilot drama scheme.

Head teacher Lynne Slater said: “We feel both as a school, and as a group of schools working together, that our teachers are providing our children with a whole host of learning opportunities both within and out of the classroom that will promote learning, develop many crucial skills, including empathy and compassion whilst focussing on this incredibly significant part of our history.”