Half-term growing fun

Tommy Shaw, three, and brother Freddy, five, planting sunflower seeds'assisted by Beth Lewis, left, and Rebecca Crossman at the Marlowes Shopping Centre's Growing Up Green event.
Tommy Shaw, three, and brother Freddy, five, planting sunflower seeds'assisted by Beth Lewis, left, and Rebecca Crossman at the Marlowes Shopping Centre's Growing Up Green event.

Youngsters were treated to some green-fingered fun during the half term holiday at the Marlowes Shopping centre.

The Hemel Hempstead town centre mall hosted the Growing Up Green event last Thursday and Friday, alongside its nominated charity Sunnyside Rural Trust.

The Trust offers rural work experience opportunities in Berkhamsted and Northchurch to adults with learning disabilities.

More than 500 children enjoyed taking part in a variety of free, gardening-related activities over the two days.

The fun included learning how to plant sunflowers, decorating bug houses, making fridge magnets and colouring in 3D butterflies.

Free face painting was also on offer to help transform the children into wild animals and minibeasts as they explored the rest of the shopping centre.

Marlowes director Vince Williams said: “This half term we were keen to work with our nominated charity, Sunnyside Rural Trust, to encourage kids to get green-fingered this Spring.

“The event was very popular, and gave parents a fun break during their shopping trip.

“We were delighted to help raise awareness of this valuable, local charity and look forward to working with them over the coming months.”

Visit www.themarlowes.co.uk for details of coming events.