Pupils help to brighten up store with winter display

Belford Middle year 8 girls planting winter blooms at the Co-op'Erin Weatherhead
Belford Middle year 8 girls planting winter blooms at the Co-op'Erin Weatherhead

Green-fingered schoolchildren from a north Northumberland village have helped prepare a store’s winter floral display.

Last Wednesday, Year 8 pupils from St Mary’s C of E Middle School, in Belford, joined Eric Gassner, a Belford Community Group trustee, to plant a variety of winter blooms in the planters located outside The Co-operative Food’s West Street store.

Belford Middle year 8 girls planting winter blooms at the Co-op'Rebecca Pitcher

Belford Middle year 8 girls planting winter blooms at the Co-op'Rebecca Pitcher

The Co-operative is supporting Belford Community Group, a charitable organisation which aims to promote and encourage a sense of community in the local area, and paid for the planters, provided the soil and funded the flowers.

Staff from The Co-operative recently helped clear the area and have also raised funds for a plaque for the site, which they will help to maintain over the coming months.

David Potts, manager at The Co-operative’s Belford store, said: “As a community retailer, we are committed to playing an active role in local life and embracing the area’s community spirit.

“We hope that by tidying up this plot and planting winter flowers will brighten up the village and make it a more attractive place for everyone who lives here and also visit the area.”