A POPULAR scheme is set to return in a bid to educate youngsters.

Saints legend Lawrie McMenemy and footballer Radhi Jadhi, who is the under-23 coach for Southampton Football Club, will join pupils and Test Valley borough councillor Celia Dowden and Hampshire county councillor Alan Dowden to plant 7,000 daffodil bulbs.

Lawrie will join youngsters at North Baddesley Infant School and North Baddesley Junior school on October 30 from 10.30am to plant 3,500 daffodils in the green open space at the Fleming Avenue precinct in North Baddesley.

The following day another 3,500 bulbs will be planted in a large green area at Katrine Crescent in Valley Park by Knightwood Primary School and St Francis Primary School pupils with the help of Radhi.

Cllr Alan Dowden said: “When these bulbs are planted in Valley Park it will amount to 25,500 bulbs that have been planted by local schoolchildren over the years that light up Valley Park in the spring.

“Both Celia and I are grateful to Test Valley who prepare the ground ready for the planting to take place.”

Cllr Dowden explained how the initiative was launched in a bid to stop anti-social behaviour and said he has worked.

“It was suggested to get young children involved before they become teenagers therefore they respect their local environment and we don’t have any problem at all now,” Cllr Dowden said.