Students clean up to create flower haven

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Students from Hillsborough College are joining forces with a host of partners to transform a neglected patch of land into a wildflower haven.

They will be joined by National Grid gas engineers for two sessions making over a large verge next to a substation in Livesey Street.

Also helping out will be volunteers from local employer Mondelez International and staff from charities the River Stewardship Company and Groundwork South Yorkshire.

They will clear the site of weeds and litter before the students sow wildflowers.

National Grid staff will give the project a major boost by bringing along a mini-digger and other excavation equipment.

The clean-up operation forms part of wider initiatives to enhance the area, which are being spearheaded by Cadbury’s Legacy Project and the college.

During the coming months the aim is to improve other land around the site, which will be used by the college to teach students about growing and producing food and enhancing bio-diversity.

Plans for the site include new fencing, installation of bat and bird boxes in the wooded areas, space for a fruit and vegetable garden, and a shelter for students.