Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Youngsters Dig in to Help out at Nature Reserve

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Youngsters Dig in to Help out at Nature Reserve

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GREEN school pupils joined forces with nature experts to plant wildflowers at their favourite local reserve. At least 35 children from Choppington First School braved the windy and wet autumn weather to plant more than 700 wildflower plants in a meadow in just two hours. They worked with Barry Wilson, woodlands officer from Northumberland County Council and Anthony Johnston, Northumberland Wildlife Trust's People and Wildlife Officer. The 0.7 hectare meadow, which is located on a former colliery site, is not particularly rich in species, so it is hoped that the plants will encourage a variety of birds and insects, such as bees and butterflies to visit.

Next spring and summer, the wildflower meadow will be a riot of colour and will be ablaze with a wonderful range of plants including ragged robin, ox-eye daisy, yarrow, bugle, bird's foot trefoil and red clover. Taking a break from his planting, Anthony said: "The wildlife flower planting is a wonderful opportunity for people of all ages to learn more about flowers and plants and how their efforts will enhance the wildlife potential of the meadow for all to enjoy. …

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