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School garden is tribute to former pupil killed in crash

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A primary school garden based on a design by a former pupil killed in a car crash has been opened in her memory.

The Kelly Bulmer Sensory Garden has been opened at Oakham CE Primary School.

Kelly, who died aged 17, was one of two passengers killed in a car accident close to Manton, near Rutland Water, in August 2010.

She designed a garden while she was a year five pupil at the primary school and the garden is based on her design.

Kelly's dad, Keith and mum, Pat, a teaching assistant at the school attended the opening.

Mrs Bulmer said: "I think it is lovely there is a permanent memorial of Kelly. She loved being at the school.

"It makes it all the more special that it's Kelly's design and it is lovely how her drawings have been interpreted.

"I don't know what I was expecting but it is lovely. It was an emotional day. I was overwhelmed, speechless."

Mrs Bulmer requested purple flowers to be included, which was Kelly's favourite colour.

The garden has a quiet seating area with a water feature and is surrounded by flowers and a gravelled area.

There are also vegetable beds and sculptures of birds hanging from the trees.

Kelly had drawn the picture, which was recently found, as part of a school garden project.

Head teacher Joan Gibson said: "There is more than the shape of Kelly's design here, the garden is saying something about her, about how beautiful she was, her generosity and her kind spirit.

"It will help us to remember her and everyone we have lost. It is a very special place."

The garden, which was funded by the Rotary Club of Rutland, was opened by the Rural Dean of Rutland, Canon Lee Francis-Dehqani, who read two poems in memory of Kelly.

The Oakham in Bloom committee also helped with planting and the garden was built during the summer holidays by Craig Piggot, whose wife, Sarah, is a teacher at the school.

The garden will be maintained by the school's gardening club and Kelly's parents also hope to add their own touch with flower-shaped seats, assisted by the parent teacher association.

Children at the school last year raised more than £300 for the Derbyshire Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance in Kelly's memory.


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