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Pupils from a school in Rillington, Malton have teamed together with Yorkshire Housing to create a garden space outside a local Community Centre.

Year 6 pupils from Rillington Primary School designed the new garden for the Woodlands Community Centre with support from Yorkshire Housing’s independent living officer Sue Nelson. The plans were first showcased in the centre where residents were able to vote for their favourite design. Work has now started on the winning design, and thanks to sponsorship from Yorkshire Housing, the garden will be unveiled in late August. It will feature new seating, raised flowerbeds and an accessible walkway.

Deputy head teacher Lisa Ponter said: “We’ve been absolutely delighted to be involved in this project. Knowing that they have had an input on the garden design has brought a tremendous sense of achievement to the pupils. Not only has it strengthened our already positive community links, it has been a central part of the Archbishop of York Youth Trust Young Leader Award, which our Year 6 pupils have been working towards.”

Yorkshire Housing’s Sue Nelson said: “This has been a fantastic project to be involved with and it has helped to strengthen community links between the younger and older generations. I hope that people will enjoy the garden for many years to come.”