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West Ham Park bursts into bloom thanks to pupils

PUBLISHED: 09:00 11 June 2012

Brampton Primary pupils Evelina and Divine with Epping Forest keeper Rodney Newsam.

Brampton Primary pupils Evelina and Divine with Epping Forest keeper Rodney Newsam.

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Newham’s biggest park is a riot of colour and wildlife after a visit from green-fingered pupils from East Ham.

A Year One class from Brampton Primary School, in Masterman Road, visited West Ham Park to sow a wildflower meadow on Friday May 18.

Managed by the City of London Corporation, who look after over 150 gardens, churchyards, parks and plazas across the Sqaure Mile.

They have been taking care of West Ham Park since 1874 which measures 77 acres.

Sue Banks, the City of London Corporation’s Outreach Officer at West Ham Park, said: “Hopefully in July or August this meadow, along with the others, will be full of vibrant flowers which will attract important wildlife such as butterflies, bees and a whole variety of insects and therefore a variety of birds and wildlife to fees on them.

“Keep an eye on the meadows over the coming months to see them transformed into a riot of colour and wildlife.”

The children planted; white alyssum, cornflower, English red poppies, coreopsis, yellow coreopsis, cosmidium, Californian poppy, gypsophilia, red flax, flax, and marigolds.

This meadow is one of three wildflower meadows sown this year to add to the Park’s existing meadow sown in 2008.

In 2011, West Ham Park was judged the best park in London by the London in Bloom judges, awarding them with a Gold and category winner for Park of the Year at a prestigious ceremony held at City Hall.


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