Green-fingered pupils at The Vale Academy, Dunstable, have pledged to support the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) ‘Greening Grey Britain’ campaign by transforming their schools grey spaces 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.
The Vale Academy, part of The Shared Learning Trust, pupils will be creating their local wildlife haven by using their seeds to turn a disused patch of ground into a wildflower meadow and building areas to encourage wildlife to their grounds.
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.
Mrs Hooft, Vice Principal at The Vale Academy said: “We can’t wait to take part in the RHS’s Greening Grey Britain campaign and make a local space more beautiful and wildlife-friendly.
“It will be great for the children to be involved in a practical project that gets them outdoors and working together to help the community. They will get to learn about plants, wildlife and the importance of protecting the natural environment in an inspiring and fun way.”
Cathy Barr, CEO of The Shared Learning Trust added, “I am delighted that pupils at The Vale Academy are taking part in the “Greening Grey Britain” campaign. Students at this academy take huge pride in the wonderful environment that they have created where people, plant and animals can co-exist harmoniously. I’m sure the campaign will be a great success.”
The seeds being sown by the children 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).