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PLANT PROJECT: Apsley brothers team up in the garden to raise funds for beloved zoo

 Published on: 20th May 2021   |   By: Jason Allen   |   Category: Uncategorized

Two green-thumbed children from Apsley have been busy in the garden growing plants and vegetables to raise money for their favourite zoo.

Douglas, aged four, and Hartley aged two, have been growing cucumbers, cosmos, pumpkins and much more to raise money for ZSL Whipsnade Zoo which has suffered throughout the pandemic.

Their mum Sherry Manton said the gardening began last year over lockdown as something to get them out of the house and into the garden.

She said: “Last summer, Douglas was too young for home schooling at that point so we spent the summer growing stuff. Lockdown was difficult on everyone’s mental health there’s no doubt about but going outside does wonders.”

“The boys both love animals and have respect for them through that connection for nature. I have thought about changing the charity but we keep coming back to the zoo.

Sherry added that she has been blown away to how well the boys have taken to growing all sorts of plants and they show no signs of stopping anytime soon.

She said: “I’m really chuffed, when Douglas comes home from school he asks what are we going to sew today, he’s very much involved. It’s a thing we can all do together, a bonding activity.

“Hartley empties the pots and is constantly running in and out of the greenhouse.”

Sherry also wanted to say a huge thanks to her supportive husband who has helped in raising around £300 for the zoo so far.

A page has also been set up to share what the boys have been growing and what is available to buy.

Search ‘Woodland Edge Nursery’ on Facebook to check it out.

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