Green fingers for a great cause

13 June 2017

Time to plant the summer bedding!

On June 8th Penryn College’s Work Related Learning Assistant Mrs Burley took four boys to the Princess Pavilion Gardens in Falmouth, to assist in the creation of the Falmouth and Penryn Dementia Friendly Garden. They were invited by Cornwall Council and joined by the Falmouth Fire and Rescue Service and Penryn Rotary Club.





Here’s an account of the day from Year 8 Toby Browning:

“Today I went to The Princess Pavilion with Mrs Burley, Kieran, Jay and Olly. We went there to take part in a Dementia Friendly Garden. We were gardening with the Falmouth fire brigade and Cornwall Council.


Jay, Kieran and Oliver make a start on the garden

We left school at 10:45 and the weather was good for a change! At the Princess Pavilion we were greeted by Tim from the Cornwall Council and by the friendly Falmouth Fire Brigade. We all met the gardeners like Howard and Matt – they were really funny. They showed us how to plant and grow plants then we all stopped for a snack and had a drink.

But then sadly we had to go home.

We met new people and on the way to the taxi we went in the fire truck. That was awesome! Then we went back to school and had the best time. I wish we could have stayed longer, but we can ask Mrs Burley if we can go again next year!”


fire truck

Sitting in the fire engine – a definite highlight of the day.

The boys did a fantastic job and were even allowed to sit in the Fire Engine! A well-earned treat after all their hard work.

You can find out more about the project here.













A fantastic day was had by all!