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Supported Learning students at Southwark College have launched a new horticultural project in the borough to create a new green communal space for young people in the community to enjoy.

The Horticultural Project has been set up in Southwark for students to learn about different aspects of horticulture, such as how to plant bulbs, care for planted areas, maintain soil health, use gardening tools and attract wildlife with pollinator-friendly plants. They have also planted a range of spring flowers that will bring colour, bees and insects to the College’s own roof garden.

Supported Learning students are using the project to put into practice the horticulture and nature skills they have learnt in the classroom this term as well as exploring gardening as exercise and relaxation for both body and mind.

Students will also be creating and selling their own Christmas cards and gift tags inspired by the horticulture project and the exhibitions they visited earlier in the year on a trip to the Tate Modern art gallery.

Annette Cast, Principal at Southwark College, said: "At Southwark College, we always strive to give our students practical skills which are applicable in day-to-day life. This project provides an excellent opportunity for our Supported Learning students to learn these skills and enhance the outdoor spaces in our campus so we can all enjoy the terraces. 

"It is brilliant that the horticulture project combines art and nature while encouraging wildlife with pollinator-friendly plants. I cannot wait to see how the results of their hard work flourish in spring."

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