JOINING the nation in celebration of the King’s Coronation Andover's Youth Options planted a coronation-themed flower bed at their centre.

The centre, which runs a preschool and after-school and holiday club for children and regularly has 200 children attending each month.

Youth Options were awarded a grant from Andover Town Council to produce a flowerbed at their after-school club, with help from the children that attend.

The children found their green thumbs, working hard together to produce the flowerbed in the shape of a crown. It was a fantastic opportunity for the children to learn new gardening skills, reap the benefits of spending time outdoors and learn more about plants and flowers.

Following the completion, Youth Options held a celebratory tea party for the children and their families, providing delicious snacks and drinks to commemorate a job well done.

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After the children’s charity recently had their minibus stolen for the second time in a year, access for the children to attend the after-school clubs was affected and Youth Options had to hire an external bus to keep it running.

It was important to the team to celebrate a positive occasion with the children and their families, focusing on the continued support they offer and the benefits of it.

Madeleine Durie, chief executive of Youth Options said: "We are grateful to the Town Council for their grant to make the flower bed. The King’s Coronation is something that the children will remember for many years to come. To be able to celebrate it with this wonderful flower crown will bring happiness all summer."