Pupils have gone the extra mile to impress the East Midlands in Bloom judges who paid a visit to Bourne on Monday.
As part of their Art BTEC Level 3 National Diploma, pupils at Bourne Academy had a brief to work collaboratively on a project for the community.
Seven pupils met with Bourne Town Council to agree on a project, and it was decided to aesthetically brighten up Bourne by producing a mural for the bus station in North Street.
They then decided upon the apt theme of ‘Delaine Bus Journeys Through Time’.
It took a month for the students to discuss their ideas, create plans and to secure sponsorship from South Kesteven District Council and Lincolnshire County Council’s ‘Big Society Fund’ for the materials, and a further two weeks to complete the project.
In the short period of time that the murals have been in place the pupils have received many compliments for their artwork.
The pupils decided to complete the murals so it could be part of the ‘Bourne in Bloom’ festival tour.
Art teacher Lucy Coussell was very pleased with how well the pupils worked together and the outcome of the project.
She said: “I am thrilled by the final result that the students have achieved. I hope this will inspire others to think about how they can benefit their local communities, both in and around Bourne.”
Nelly Jacobs, who is Bourne town clerk and leads the town’s Bourne in Bloom efforts, was among the committee to welcome the judge on Monday.
She said the judging was a “very pleasant experience”.
Mrs Jacobs added: “We had just one judge who we met a few years ago. He was appreciative of the amount of work that has gone into the town since he last saw it.
“He loved the South Street flower beds. He was very impressed with the open spaces and the trees, and he was very complimentary about the artwork by Bourne Academy pupils at the bus station.
“There has been a lot of community involvement. It shows what a big impact Bourne in Bloom can have on the town.
“Getting a gold would be great but it’s very difficult so as long as we improve I’m quite happy.”