Green-fingered schoolchildren help plant new trees at The Lawn in Lincoln

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Schoolchildren from Westgate Academy in Lincoln have been helping to plant trees at The Lawn as new owners Stokes Tea and Coffee continue work on its refurbishment.

The former Grade II listed hospital site is being given a £1.5 million upgrade by the company, which will begin operating the site as its headquarters.

The project will also see a new cafe, restaurant, function rooms, barista training centre and spa area opened on site.

As part of the project, Westgate Academy students helped to plant a number of trees and shrubs that will grow to screen the west side of the Charlotte House Hotel.

It will also extend northwards to provide a green gateway for the new car parking area.

The children played their part in The Lawn’s new landscaping.

Miss Dunleavy at Westgate Academy said: “The children were very excited when they were invited to plant trees at The Lawn.”

Managing Director of Stokes Tea and Coffee, Nick Peel, added: “It was great to see local children help with our tree-planting, and I would like to thank everyone who came along for their hard work.

“The new trees will enhance and re-establish the area with species, which will then grow, thrive, and complement existing shrubs and wooded areas. New planting will also replicate the layout of the Lawn’s original compartmental green areas, which have been altered over time.”

The next stage to be completed is Stokes’ new 60-seat cafe and terrace space, which is set to open its doors this summer.

Once all the construction is completed the venue will be available for hire, for events such as weddings and conferences.