TV’s Julia Kendell gives St Paul’s Whitechapel ‘60 minute makeover’ with willow tepee
- Credit: St Paul's School
Television’s celebrity interior designer and presenter Julia Kendell has helped children in London’s East End add a touch of green to their school by planting a fun new willow-tepee in the playground.
Julia, who presents BBC TV’s DIY SOS and 60 Minute Makeover, has joined a schools project by Trees for Cities charity to improve the inner cirty urban environment.
She turned up at St Paul’s Whitechapel C of E Primary in Wellclose Square to help plant a willow tepee and put in a garden stove in the playground.
“It is great helping the children,” she said. “They have an opportunity to see first-hand the work that Trees for Cities is doing to make inner cities more beautiful.”
Julia joined the youngsters to help plant the willows and install the wood-burning stove which has three functions for the outdoor space, a garden table and fire-pit as well as a cooking grill.
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Her team helped the pupils plan, dig and plant the willow-tepee — then joined them for some healthy food cooked on the stove after the “sixty minute makeover”.
The charity got a sponsorship deal from Stovey environmental garden stove makers for the project, aimed at giving children first-hand experience of planting and growing trees, while improving school playgrounds to encourage children to learn about “the importance of trees” and their lifecycle.
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