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Queen’s Croft School sixth formers have been rolling up their sleeves and working in Lichfield’s parks as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Since September, 12 students along with staff members from Queen’s Croft School have been helping Lichfield District Council’s parks team two mornings a week. So far work has included weeding, litter picking, tree planting, raking and collecting a huge amount of leaves and fallen twigs after storm Doris.

The students have been helping out at a variety of local parks, including Beacon Park, Stowe Pool and Christian Fields.

On Wednesday 15 March, the group got the chance to see the results of their work to plant around 1,000 purple crocus bulbs near Beacon Park’s tennis courts last October.

Blooming Lichfield kindly donated the bulbs to Beacon Park, after buying them from Lichfield Rotary Club, which has pledged to eradicate polio worldwide. The colour of the crocuses represents the purple dye that is put on children’s fingers to show they have been vaccinated against the disease.

Ruth Witczak, Community and Education Officer for Lichfield District Council, said: “The students are a delight to be with and all their efforts have helped to improve the appearance of our parks and local habitats for wildlife. On behalf of the parks team, I’d like to say a big thank you to them all.”