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Children’s education flourishes with SO Festival project

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A blossoming planting project which sees volunteers grow flowers for this year’s SO Festival, has been helping children in Louth and Skegness learn about nature and plants as part of their school curriculum.

‘Earth Circles’ is a pop-up garden installation that will feature more than 2,000 plants grown by schools and community groups across East Lincolnshire and will take centre-stage along the Skegness prom during SO Fe…stival’s finale weekend on 2 and 3 July.

Nine schools have now got involved in the planting project, which has formed an important part of their current school curriculum. Little Ducklings Pre-School in Louth and Chapel St Leonards Primary School’s reception class has coincided the planting project with its lessons on nature.

Designed by Julia Barton, the pop-up garden installation will represent earth as part of this year’s ‘elements’ theme – earth, air, fire and water. So far, the project has seen 15 volunteering groups get involved in the project, including six community groups from across Lincolnshire.

Festival director, Lorna Fulton for SO Festival said: “We are delighted to see so many people get involved in the planting project and lend their support to SO Festival.

“It’s also great that so many schools are able to educate children through the planting project. SO Festival prides itself on informing and promoting the arts to audiences of all ages, and the gardening project is just one of the elements that has allowed us to do this.

“We believe that the finished project will be something that the community can really be proud of and we hope lots of visitors enjoy to sights and smells of the gardens.”

SO Festival 2016 is a nine day explosive arts festival, with exciting acts due to wow audiences. The spectacular event will take place from Saturday 25 June to Sunday 3 July, visiting Mablethorpe, Horncastle, Alford, Louth, Spilsby and Woodhall Spa for one day each, finishing in Skegness for a finale weekend.

For more information about the planting project and to register your interest email so.festival@mvtlc.org or call 01507 613503.

For more information on SO Festival and to download and programme visit http://www.sofestival.org or follow SO Festival on Facebook and Twitter.

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