Picture Gallery: Burnham Market Primary pupils plant their designs at Holkham’s walled gardens

Burnham Market Primary School pupils planting new plants in the walled gardens at Holkham Hall. Picture: Ian Burt

Burnham Market Primary School pupils planting new plants in the walled gardens at Holkham Hall. Picture: Ian Burt

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While the world’s leading garden designers wowed the crowds at the Chelsea Flower Show, some Norfolk children unveiled their very own floral planting schemes at Holkham Hall.

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As part of an ongoing restoration project, pupils from Burnham Market Primary School were given the opportunity to help design some new flower beds for the walled gardens at the north Norfolk estate.

The education and landscape teams at Holkham devised a competition inviting the school children to create designs for flower beds in the large events area of the six-and-a-half acres of walled gardens.

The competition inspired some colourful and innovative entries, and the four lucky winners were given the chance to see their planting schemes brought to life.

The winning designs were selected by Viscount and Viscountess Coke, and the children joined the landscape team on Monday to assist with the planting of more than 8,000 plants.

Phillip Oldham, landscape manager at the estate, said: “The school has been helping in other areas of the garden over the last 18 months and it has been great working with the children on this project.

“They have all put a lot of work into the garden design competition and I am looking forward to seeing the displays in full summer colour.”

Burnham Market Primary School pupils were assisted by fellow pupils from Alderman Peel High School who are volunteering in the community as part of their citizenship programme.

Rachel Stroulger, headteacher of Burnham Market Primary, said: “This has been an exceptional opportunity for the children to develop many creative areas of the curriculum and have a real impact on their local community. We are all looking forward to seeing the end result planted up and grown.”

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