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City College students work to keep Norwich in full bloom

13:29 28 April 2014

Staff from Wok & Go join City College students as they clear up the flower beds outside Castle Mall.
Photo by Simon Finlay.

Staff from Wok & Go join City College students as they clear up the flower beds outside Castle Mall. Photo by Simon Finlay.

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City College Norwich students are working hard to keep Norwich in full bloom with colourful plants across the city.

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About 10,000 perennial plants have been grown at the college, and the students are now starting to plant them around the city. The college has a long-running partnership with the Friends of Norwich in Bloom, and the latest lot of plants have been funded by a £6,000 grant from Defra, in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society.

Today the students are planting ornamental grass, geraniums, heuchera, and erigeron in sustainable displays outside Castle Mall. Wok and Go and Castle Mall are supporting the planting.

John Attoe, a lecturer at City College Norwich, said: “The students started growing the plants in September using peat free compost.

“They really enjoy the project and getting out to the flower beds to plant all the plants.”

Terry Bane, from the Friends of Norwich in Bloom, said the City College Norwich students “did wonders for the city” with their horticultural work, and that the Friends really appreciated the support of Wok and Go and Castle Mall.

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