Green-fingered pupils set to work

School kids start planting wildflower seeds at Beighton
School kids start planting wildflower seeds at Beighton
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Sheffield schoolchildren have helped to plant a new wildflower ‘corridor’ in the city – as part of a local environmental project.

Pupils from Reignhead Primary School, in Beighton, took part in the planting phase of the Waterthorpe and Ochre Dyke Wildflower Corridor Project – which will see a wildflower corridor established from Thorpe Green through the Waterthorpe Open Space.

Nik Brear

Nik Brear

It will connect with the established ancient meadow at Crystal Peaks and will extend to the River Rother along the Ochre Dyke.

The £60,000 project, masterminded by Sheffield Landscape Trust, is expected to take 18 months to complete. The schoolchildren were joined by Clive Betts MP, as work began on the land last Friday.

Mr Betts said: “It’s always good to see children getting involved and helping to improve the environment. It’s their future and it’s important to encourage them to take an interest from an early age.”

As well as planting wildflowers, the workers will lay new paths and hedgerows, install bridges, fencing, seats, birdboxes and signs, plant trees and shrubs, and also dig a pond. The SLT also intends to get the community involved in the project and will run a programme of activities with volunteers and local school children.

Funding for the work has come from The Veolia Environmental Trust. Executive director Paul Taylor, said: “This project will have many benefits for the area, its residents and its wildlife. We hope the pupils had a lot of fun getting involved in making improvements to the area they live in.”

SLT’s countryside development officer, Adrian Burke, said: “This new wildflower corridor will have multiple benefits for the environment and the people who enjoy the area. It will be a real asset to the landscape and the city and we cannot wait to see it develop over the coming months.”