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Brandles boys help revamp Hitchin gardens

PUBLISHED: 11:16 01 November 2018 | UPDATED: 11:22 01 November 2018

The opening of the Brandles community garden in Hitchin. Picture: JAMIE HART

The opening of the Brandles community garden in Hitchin. Picture: JAMIE HART

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Baldock students have been joined by Hitchin police officers on Thursday last week for the official reopening of North Place gardens, which has been revamped by the youngsters.

The opening of the Brandles community garden in Hitchin. Picture: JAMIE HARTThe opening of the Brandles community garden in Hitchin. Picture: JAMIE HART

The boys from Brandles School have been working with officers, members of the public and community groups to restore the gardens in Hitchin to create a safe place open to everyone.

Hate crime officer Angela Westwood, who has been working with the students, said: “The community and local businesses have assisted throughout the project and it could not have been achieved without all the help and support we have had.

The opening of the Brandles community garden in Hitchin. Picture: JAMIE HARTThe opening of the Brandles community garden in Hitchin. Picture: JAMIE HART

“Some of the pupils will be receiving a Duke of Edinburgh award for this project which is a huge achievement and something that they can be eternally proud of.“

The project also welcomed artist Rees Harper-Negus who designed and created the wall art for the project.

The opening of the Brandles community garden in Hitchin. Picture: JAMIE HARTThe opening of the Brandles community garden in Hitchin. Picture: JAMIE HART

He said: “I took influence from Sistine Chapel paintings by Michelangelo with the use of the hands.

“Modern kids are not exposed to as much classic art and feel like it’s all old and boring, and therefore build a dislike for art.

The opening of the Brandles community garden in Hitchin. Picture: JAMIE HARTThe opening of the Brandles community garden in Hitchin. Picture: JAMIE HART

“I wanted to put a modern spin on the classic mixing it with the modern, futuristic heart.”

After the opening, Hitchin police took to Twitter and said: “Today we celebrated the opening of a new community garden in North Place.

The opening of the Brandles community garden in Hitchin. Picture: JAMIE HARTThe opening of the Brandles community garden in Hitchin. Picture: JAMIE HART

“Students from Brandles, members of the public, police staff and other community groups have been working on the project together and we’re thrilled with the outcome.

“The garden is open for members of the public to use freely. You’re welcome to spend some time here and even plant flowers and vegetables.

“And a huge thank you to students from The Priory School who have been working hard in their free time to put together a rehearsal on hate crime.

“This was brilliantly performed at the garden today, well done to all involved.”

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