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    Youngsters get to grips with tyre garden

    An old tyre has been bringing joy to pupils from Queensbury School in Erdington after being given a new lease of life as a flower garden.

    The rear tyre was recycled from a New Holland TM120 tractor and donated to the school by green services provider, Glendale, when the company upgraded its fleet.

    Glendale has also donated winter flowering pansies and narcissus bulbs, which the students, who all have moderate to severe learning difficulties, have planted inside the tyre.

    Glendale supervisors, Scott Bradbury and John Broom, have been helping students with the planting and sharing their knowledge of nature, from planting to flowering.

    Scott, who is contract supervisor for Glendale Birmingham, said: “There are proven benefits for young people with learning difficulties working outdoors, including stimulated learning, developing new skills and the chance to improve teamwork and communication.

    “What has been most significant, though, is the joy the project has brought to these young people. We were proud to have been involved and our small donation has been immeasurable to the pupils, which is wonderful to see.”

    Glendale, which is celebrating its 25th year, now plans to donate two more tyres to Queensbury and is working with the school on different ideas to further improve the grounds.

    Queensbury School is one of the lowest Government funded special school in the UK. Glendale has been working with its pupils on various initiatives, including a project in October 2014 to protect an island in Brookvale Park from erosion.

    Scott and John will take the company’s new tractor for a visit to the students in the New Year.

    Pupils at Queensbury school have transformed the tyre into a minature garden

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