School pupils have been having fun helping to plant flowers in a new park for Cringleford.

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The youngsters from Cringleford Primary School braved today’s wet weather to plant violets, bluebells, foxgloves and more in a woodland area by the village’s new community centre - the Willow Centre - in Dragonfly Lane.

Cringleford parish clerk Anne Barnes said the council was delighted to work with the school and hoped that this would be the start of many more wildlife projects that the children could embark on at the new park.

She said: “The children were absolutely brilliant.

“They were all there in their welly boots and raincoats and they all got stuck in and did really well.”

Cringleford Primary teacher Laura Wilbourn said: “We have only been in our new school building since last year and so we wanted to get involved with the community.

“The children loved it. Their science topic is all about plants so it was a good way for them to learn about their science topic.”

A woodland trail is being created through the woodland area and nearby a football pitch is in development and should be ready for teams to play on by September 2015, meanwhile a new children’s play area should be ready by early this summer.

Mrs Barnes said the whole outdoor space would be great new facility for the village.

She said: “This part of the village did not really have very much for families before so hopefully the new park will be the new focus for play and recreation, or for people just to sit and have a picnic or fly a kite.

“We hope the area is going to offer something for all.”

The park is being gifted to the parish by Kier Homes and Bovis Homes and the work on the park is being undertaken by Shiels Flynn, Proscape and A T Coombes Associates.

In February this year people living in Cringleford enjoyed having a first look at the new £1.4m Willow Centre which had been a decade in the planning.

The new centre includes a main hall for 250 people and that can also be divided into four smaller rooms, an office for the parish clerk, a cafe bar function room, kitchen, toilets, changing rooms and storerooms.

The land on which the centre stands was donated to Cringleford Parish Council by Kier Homes and Bovis Homes as part of the second phase of works at the Round House Park development.

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Email education correspondent Martin George at martin.george@archant.co.uk

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