Special bus trip to commemorate war anniversary

Buzzer Buses give Heathwood Lower pupils a free trip to war memorial garden - pupils with Mrs Dove, Mrs Oxley and Ken Barry.
Buzzer Buses give Heathwood Lower pupils a free trip to war memorial garden - pupils with Mrs Dove, Mrs Oxley and Ken Barry.

Buzzer Buses showed their support for Leighton Linslade in Bloom and the anniversary of World War II by giving a free trip to children from Heathwood Lower School to the War Memorial Garden on Mentmore Road.

The children had the chance to show the judges of Anglia In Bloom the red felt poppies that they made in remembrance of the anniversary.

South Beds Friends of the Earth and Rosalind Castling, a local artist, spent a morning at Heathwood Lower school teaching the children how to make felt poppies from sheep’s wool and talking about why the wars are remembered.

The poppies the children have made will be “planted” in the war memorial garden for Armistice Sunday. The War Memorial garden is part of Keep the Buzz in Leighton Buzzard, a partnership between LLTC and South Beds FoE funded by LL in Bloom to create bee friendly habitats. It has been been entered for a special award in Anglia In Bloom to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

South Bedfordshire Friends of the Earth have planted white roses which are the symbol of peace, prevention of genocide and memorial of the Holocaust, as well as poppies and red roses in the War Memorial garden.

With the help of Mentmore Preschool, South Beds FoE have planted vegetables and flowers to commemorate the Dig for Victory theme as well as illustrating the principles of organic gardening through companion planting and avoiding pesticides.

Victoria Harvey of South Beds Friends of the Earth said: “The anniversary of World War II is a chance to remember the legacy of those who gave lives to protect this country and to stand up against the horrors of intolerance, racism and holocaust.

“I am so impressed at how well Heathwood pupils understood this and how hard they worked at making the poppies. Buzzer Buses made the whole thing possible as it is too far for small children to walk from Heath Road to Mentmore Gardens. Buzzer Bus meant that the community could play its role in remembrance and the judging of LL in Bloom.

Matt, of Buzzer Buses, said: “Buzzard Buses are delighted to support Heathwood Lower School, Leighton Linslade in Bloom and the remembrance of World War II. Buzzer Bus sees itself very much at the heart of the community. “