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Fountains Primary School pupils to create a local wildlife haven



Green-fingered pupils at Fountains Primary School have pledged to support the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) ‘Greening Grey Britain’ campaign by transforming spaces within our school grounds into a bright and beautiful wildlife habitat for bees and butterflies.

Along with hundreds of other schools across the UK, they will be sowing a pollinator mix of cornfield seeds supplied by the RHS to make their local areas greener, wildlife-friendly and more pleasant places to live. With two-thirds of native plant and animal species declining over the past 50 years* and with habitat loss cited as one of the reasons behind this, gardening for wildlife is more important than ever. However, with an alarming increase in the number of gardens being paved over, the RHS campaign is aimed at encouraging people to reverse this trend do more to support wildlife.

Fountains Primary pupils will be creating their local wildlife haven by planting seeds in various areas within the school grounds. Mrs Nicola Price, Head of School said:

“We can’t wait to take part in the RHS’s Greening Grey Britain campaign, it will help us to continue to make more local space beautiful and wildlife-friendly. It will be great for the pupils to be involved in a practical project as they always enjoy participating in outdoor activities and engage well when working together to help the community. They will be able to continue to learn about plants, wildlife and the importance of protecting the natural environment, in a practical, inspiring and fun way.”

The seeds being sown by the pupils contain a colourful mix of traditional cornfield flowers including charlock (Synapses alba), cornflower (Centaurea cyanus), corn chamomile (Anthemis nobilis), corn marigold (Chrysanthemum segatum), field forget-me-not (Myosotis arvensis), field poppy (Papaver rhoeas) and white campion (Silene latifolia).

For more information and photos please contact Sally Millman-Jones on 01283 239700 or smillmanjones@fountains.staffs.sch.uk

https://schoolgardening.rhs.org.uk/Competitions/Greening-Grey-Britain

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