AROUND 200 children from primary schools in Southall visited The Green Quarter to learn about the new plants, animal habitats and landscaping in its new park, Central Gardens.

Nature workshops at the Berkeley development gave pupils from years 3-6 the opportunity to learn about the former gasworks site’s history and initiatives to encourage wildlife, plants and wildflowers.

The children discovered how to grow their own food, learning what plants need to thrive and how to care for them. 

Equipped with take-home pots and seeds from the workshop, they can experiment with growing their own plants during the summer holidays.

Graham Cooksey, deputy head at Featherstone Primary and Nursery School, said: Many children could not believe they were still in Southall.”

When finished, Central Gardens will stretch 500 metres, with 250 new trees and open spaces the equivalent of four football pitches. 

Plans for the site also include two new footbridges that will allow access to the 90-acre Minet Country Park.