HARTING Primary School children have transformed Uppark House and Gardens in South Harting to create a very special and unique tribute to their mothers.
Inspired by the poppies at the Tower of London marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, pupils from Harting Primary School visited the National Trust’s Uppark to install their own ceramic floral tribute to mothers.
In celebration of Mothering Sunday, some 120 school children each made a ceramic daffodil.
Standing about two foot tall and dipped in a bright yellow glaze, the ‘flowers’ were ‘planted’ by the children in clusters along the main drive leading to the house for visitors to enjoy.
Fiona Mullet, Head Teacher at Harting Primary School, said: “The daffodils were made with clay, which we rolled out using templates to create the shape.
“The children then bent and pinched the petals, and made the daffodil centres from moulding rectangles of clay around their fingers to form cylinders, which were stuck into wet clay known as ‘slip’, to hold them in place.
“We’re going to put the daffodils on sale, with proceeds going to Marie Curie Cancer Care, as daffodils are their logo and they help very sick people.”
The floral sculptures will be on display for several weeks.
Uppark’s visitor experience officer Louise Washington added: “Andy Lewis our head gardener came to me with this proposition, and we jumped at the chance to be part of it.
“The poppies at the Tower of London were such an iconic sight, and I think it’s brilliant that they have inspired others to do similar things, and to raise money for such a worthwhile charity.
“The bright yellow daffodils at Uppark look really amazing and are a heart-lifting sight.”
The tradition of giving mothers flowers on Mothering Sunday comes from a time when children and young people who were ‘in service’ to other households returned home on the fourth Sunday of Lent to attend church with their families. They would gather wild flowers from the hedgerows as they walked, to take to the church or to give to their mothers.