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Wildflowers for Wood Fold and Wilfrid
Friday 26th March, 2010

Wildflowers for Wood Fold and Wilfrid
Pupils from Wood Fold Primary and pupils from Standish St Wilfrid's C.E. Primary with Councillor George Fairhurst, Rebecca Hill, Carol Prescott and Rachel Ruddy.

Wigan Council's Environmental Education Team recently held an event to scatter wildflower seeds with pupils from Wood Fold Primary and Standish St Wilfrid’s CE Primary to improve their local area in Standish.

The wildflowers were scattered at the end of Almond Brook Road opposite St Marie’s Church which is a key route into Standish. The British Trust for Conservation Volunteers prepared the ground, supplied the wildflower seeds and led the session with the pupils.

Pupils learnt about how planting wildflowers attracts bees, butterflies and birds. Bee populations are declining which could cause a lot of problems as they play a big part in pollination and food production. Planting wildflowers helps to maintain biodiversity and preserve native species, so it is vital that children learn about native planting.

The wildflowers will start to flower this summer and it is hoped that local residents and people travelling past the site will be able to enjoy this new and improved area.

Rebecca Hill, Wigan Council's Eco-Schools Officer, says: "The pupils should be really proud of the work they have done to improve their local environment. Not only will they be making a difference to wildlife in the area but the improvements will also make local residents feel a lot happier."

The wildflowers were funded jointly by Councillor George Fairhurst’s Brighter Borough Fund and the Environmental Education Team.

The three schools in Standish: Wood Fold Primary, Standish St Wilfrid’s C.E. Primary and St Marie’s Catholic Primary, work together as part of Standish Environment Group. They meet up regularly to discuss how they can improve the environment in Standish. The wildflower scattering is just one of the many projects they have carried out to improve their environment.

Carol Prescott, teacher at Standish St Wilfrid’s C.E. Primary, says: "Standish Environment Group has been a great way of allowing the children to put their ideas into practice and make a difference to the local environment. It has also encouraged creativity as the children have written poems, jingles and conducted surveys in an effort to raise public awareness on environmental issues. The pupils have really enjoyed the latest activity of carrying out the wildflower planting."

While Rachel Ruddy, teacher at Wood Fold Primary "This event has provided a fantastic opportunity for pupils from our school to work with pupils from the other primary schools in the area. The children are really looking forward to seeing the plants flower as they understand the important role they play in attracting wildlife and helping biodiversity in the area."

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