Special event to celebrate Forget-Me-Not kids project

A grass pet workshop.
A grass pet workshop.
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A special celebration event has been held at Alnwick Garden after funds were raised for one of its projects.

Musician Jonny D held a concert at the Duchess’s Community High School in aid of the Forget-Me-Not programme, which offers opportunities for children with learning difficulties and disabilities to spend time with their siblings and parents/carers, working with professional gardeners to learn the skills to develop and maintain their own vegetable and flower allotment plots.

Jamie Williams, aged 11 from Choppington, William Knox, aged 13 from Shilbottle and Erin Harley, aged 11 from Morpeth with the cheque from Jonny D for the Alnwick Garden Forget Me Not programme

Jamie Williams, aged 11 from Choppington, William Knox, aged 13 from Shilbottle and Erin Harley, aged 11 from Morpeth with the cheque from Jonny D for the Alnwick Garden Forget Me Not programme

The families attend on a monthly basis and do soil preparation, crop rotation, potting and planting, propagating, weeding, composting, pest control and harvesting.

Last week, Jonny presented youngsters at the project with a cheque for more than £800, raised at his event.

William Knox, 11, from Shilbottle, spoke about the project and how it has helped him with challenges he faces.

He said the young gardener’s programme helped him plan and be patient. He also said it helped him to carry out the gardening at home and his plants have now grown ‘bigger than ever’.

His parents have seen how the project as a whole has helped him make decisions and to listen to instructions.

It has also given him courage to ask questions and has aided him in creativity and they have noticed how patient he is.

At the celebration last week, Jonny played his saxophone while youngsters also enjoyed workshops.