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Monday, June 19, 2006

Children at a local primary school have thrown down the challenge to a Leeds-based business to create a sensory garden from their own designs.

It seems the gardening bug has bitten the children of Cobden Primary School, Leeds. The children wanted to create their own special sensory garden at the school, with a helping hand from Leeds-based accountants and business advisers, RSM Robson Rhodes.

Ten volunteers from RSM Robson Rhodes took up the challenge, which included heavy landscaping and painting work, the children themselves helped out on the final day.

The team was be led by Luke Stableford, of the firm’s corporate advisory services team.  He commented: "We're really excited about this project, there was a high level of interest from everyone in the firm. We started by asking the kids what they wanted for their garden and taking into account all the different elements, the common theme was "sensory".

"Kids of all ages enjoy plants and gardening, and they wanted to be heavily involved from the design stage through to the actual planting. I think they have a lot more imagination than most adults."

He continued: "Lavender and rosemary, wind chimes and mobiles give the garden a calming fragrant feel. Grow-your-own also featured in the designs provided by the kids. I'm not sure if it's the influence of TV programmes like Gardeners’ World or the

likes of Diarmuid Gavin, but gardening appears to be ‘cool’, and their enthusiasm for growing vegetables was fantastic. Although I doubt there will be a place for sprouts!

We planned to encourage wildlife into the garden too. A bird bath came out top in many of the designs.

“The team has been leading a fundraising initiative in the office to buy the plants over the last few weeks and we've had some fantastic donations.”

The challenge was arranged through the ‘Leeds Cares’ Business in Community initiative, the leading programme for engaging business support in Leeds communities.

Press contacts: Joanne Fletcher-Wall or Alex Henshall at Bell Pottinger North (01625) 506 444 - jfletcher-wall@bellpottingernorth.co.uk <mailto:jfletcher-wall@bellpottingernorth.co.uk> or ahenshall@bellpottingernorth.co.uk <mailto:ahenshall@bellpottingernorth.co.uk>

Notes for editors:
RSM Robson Rhodes LLP is a Limited Liability Partnership. The firm practices from nine offices in the UK and Ireland, offering a full range of services to the public and private sectors. As the UK member of the world’s sixth-largest accounting and consultancy organisation, it is able to call upon the skills and experience of more than 20,000 professionals in over 70 countries.

RSM Robson Rhodes LLP is registered to carry out audit work by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and is regulated and authorised by the Financial Services Authority.


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