Community Kids Project
The Community Kids from the Bay have been personally selected to represent the Isle if Wight and participate in a project to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War. They will be working with Osborne House Gardens and Grounds Staff to create a “Battlefields to Butterflies” commemorative ‘meadow’ in the walled garden at Osborne House as a joint Royal Parks Guild/English Heritage initiative. The Osborne meadow forms part of events to commemorate all Parks, Gardens and Ground staff, across the U.K., killed in action during WW1. We made our first of three visits to Osborne House on Friday and learned that a key element of the project was to remember two Islanders, Ernest Johnson (died 30th December 1917) and Charles Mew (died 15th July 1916) who both worked for the Royal Parks. During our first afternoon session we planted poppy and cornflower seeds in the very potting shed that these men would have worked. It was a very moving and productive afternoon which involved learning experiences in maths, history, science, geography. The children planted 28 trays of seeds and we cannot wait to return in May and transplant the seedlings. We are privileged to be part of this project and hope you will follow our journey which will form part of a commemorative feature at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2018.
The Community Kids were invited over to The Briars to share Easter fun with the residents. We gave them the cards we had made for them and then participated in an Easter egg hunt!
The children were able to see their wonderful display of daffodils that we worked hard to plant back in November for the residents to enjoy.
A very enjoyable afternoon.