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CHILDREN’S RECYCLING PROJECT BLOSSOMS WITH DONATION OF POTTED FLOWERS FROM PRAXIS CARE’S CONLIG DAY SERVICES

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CHILDREN’S RECYCLING PROJECT BLOSSOMS WITH DONATION OF POTTED FLOWERS FROM PRAXIS CARE’S CONLIG DAY SERVICES

A garden centre in North Down and Ards staffed by adults with learning disabilities has donated 100 plants to children attending Bangor Central Integrated Primary School as part of a school recycling project.

The flowers which are propagated by people supported in Praxis Care’s Conlig Day Services will be planted in recycled pots and pans the children will bring from home.

School Principal Peter Campbell says he and his colleagues and pupils are delighted to work closely with Praxis Care.

“This has benefits for us helping teach our pupils about the importance of supporting local, and in particular, local charities.

“This also gives us the opportunity to teach our pupils about being eco-friendly and reusing pots and pans and other receptacles they bring in for the beautiful flowers provided to us by Praxis Care.”

Conlig Day Services provides care and support to 15 people who help propagate and grow flowers for sale to the public.

Eoghan Gourley is one of those people. He says:

“I love potting flowers and looking after them and I especially love being able to take them to shops helping to sell them. We are all very happy that the children in Bangor Central will look after our flowers.”

The centre, funded by the South Eastern, Belfast, Northern and Western Health and Social Care Trusts, grew from an empty field which Praxis Care transformed over the years into a working therapeutic service with raised beds and pathways for ease of access for its ageing attendees. It now supplies flowers and compost to the Conlig Community Association during the Ards and North Down in Bloom competition.

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