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Green fingered children plant hedge row on museum land

PUBLISHED: 19:19 01 March 2019 | UPDATED: 08:05 02 March 2019

Jack, Callum, Noah and Jessica spent the morning raking the field  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Jack, Callum, Noah and Jessica spent the morning raking the field Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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Pupils have been getting dirty fingers helping the Museum of East Anglian Life plant rows of hedges - paid for by a generous grant from the People's Postcode Lottery.

Children from Abbot's Hall Primary spent the morning helping out at the Museum of East Anglian Life  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNChildren from Abbot's Hall Primary spent the morning helping out at the Museum of East Anglian Life Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The students from neighbouring Abbot’s Hall Primary School in Stowmarket took part in two sessions to help plant the bushes and clean up the museum’s grounds by carrying out a litter pick.

The hedges have been funded by a generous grant, worth £14,785, which was awarded by the Postcode Local Trust, a charity funded entirely by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.

The money will allow the museum to replace 2km of deteriorating wooden and metal fencing with native species of hedging, including fruiting trees, as well as creating new habitats and food for birds, animals and insects.

The hedges will improve biodiversity and the environment in the town for residents and visitors.

Maisie helping to transport some more wood that the children cleared  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNMaisie helping to transport some more wood that the children cleared Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Chloe Brett, marketing officer at the museum, said: “It was a really good day. We had 60 of the pupils come over from Abbot’s Hall Primary so it was very busy.

“We had some of them helping to plant the hedges and some doing some litter picking, so they were all helping to make the site look ready to go.

“I think the kids really enjoyed themselves. It must be really nice to get out of the school and be able to be active and I don’t think there are many better places for them to enjoy themselves than our site.

“Abbot’s Hall are our neighbours so we always take the opportunity to bring them here so they could use our facilities.

Grace, Maisie, Teddy and Vinnie transporting a huge branch that they cleared from the path Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNGrace, Maisie, Teddy and Vinnie transporting a huge branch that they cleared from the path Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

“We have 75 acres of beautiful land for our community to enjoy and so we are really keen to allow as many people as possible to utilise it as best as possible.”

Ellie Rees, fourth year teacher from Abbot’s Hall, said: “It was brilliant. The children really enjoyed themselves. It is great that they can make history by planting the hedges and they have learnt new skills.

“We are neighbours with the museum so we try to get there as often as possible. It is great to have such a brilliant resource so close to our school.

“It is such a brilliant part of our community and it’s great for our children to go there and do some sketching or some geography.”

Poppy helping to clear the plot ready for planting seeds  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNPoppy helping to clear the plot ready for planting seeds Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The museum has also recently embarked on a huge project to update its online database with pictures of all of its artefacts.

Children from Abbot's Hall Primary School in Stowmarket litter picking at the Museum of East Anglian Life Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNChildren from Abbot's Hall Primary School in Stowmarket litter picking at the Museum of East Anglian Life Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Ellie spent the morning planting trees  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNEllie spent the morning planting trees Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Ivy helping to plant trees near the pigs pen Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNIvy helping to plant trees near the pigs pen Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Zach with a pice of ancient wood that he found  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNZach with a pice of ancient wood that he found Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Tamsin spent the morning foraging for ancient wood   Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNTamsin spent the morning foraging for ancient wood Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Samuel with volunteer Lucy Spittle  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNSamuel with volunteer Lucy Spittle Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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