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Pupils design garden in Oakham housing development

Catmose College students Caitlyn Palmer, Benjamins (CORR) Krumins, Eleanor Bland, India Hunnikin, Christian Wetherill and Toby Carter with Bellway Sales Manager Jane Yolland (front, second left) and Sales Advisor Melanie Hackland (front left) EMN-140731-123602001

Catmose College students Caitlyn Palmer, Benjamins (CORR) Krumins, Eleanor Bland, India Hunnikin, Christian Wetherill and Toby Carter with Bellway Sales Manager Jane Yolland (front, second left) and Sales Advisor Melanie Hackland (front left) EMN-140731-123602001

Pupils from Catmose College in Oakham saw their artistic vision become reality as a garden they designed at a housing development was unveiled.

Six teenagers from the school answered a design brief set by Bellway for the garden opposite its showhome at the new Huntsmans Drive development next to the school.

Year 9 pupils Caitlyn Palmer, Benjamins Krumins, Eleanor Bland, India Hunnikin, Christian Wetherill and Toby Carter took part in the project. Their design featured a horseshoe-shaped pavement, a bench, a birdbath and herb garden.

Caitlyn said: “Designing the garden was an experience I never thought I would ever have. Seeing our design come to life was a great feeling.”

India Hunnikin, who drew the final design for the garden, said: “It was a great opportunity and I am very glad that I had the chance to take part in designing a garden to be proud of.”

Catmose College opened its new premises in Huntsmans Drive in 2009 when the government-funded Big Build project was completed.

Bellway sales manager, Jane Yolland, said: “The Catmose College students came up with a fantastic response to our brief.

“It was a pleasure to welcome them to the development when we unveiled the garden. They are a real credit to the school and were so pleased to see how our landscaping team had turned their design into a living garden.

“We’re always keen to involve the local community in our developments and we are already planning more ways to work in partnership with Catmose College.”

 

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