Plymouth school children help to get the City Buzzing

Wednesday 17th July 2013

Pupils from St Peter’s Primary School in Stonehouse have helped Buglife to plant a meadow of wildflowers in Plymouth. The meadow will boost the City’s populations of bees, butterflies, hoverflies and other pollinating insects.

Creating this urban wildflower meadow is part of the Plymouth’s Buzzing! project – a partnership between Buglife and Plymouth City Council, and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project is creating 5 hectares of urban wildflower meadows in the City’s parks and open spaces, as well as working with local schools to make their school grounds more bee friendly.

Rupert Goddard, Plymouth’s Buzzing Officer at Buglife said “we are very grateful for the help that local school children are giving us to transform a rather dull area of mown grass into a beautiful wildflower meadow and a haven for wildlife”.

It is vital that we have more wildflowers in our countryside, towns and cities to support the bees, butterflies, moths and hoverflies which pollinate our crops and are essential to producing our food.This summer we hope that this new flower-rich meadow will come alive with wildlife and also be a feast for the eyes.”

Paul Mason at the Millfields Trust, who are supporting the meadow planting through their Widening Horizons initiative, said “This is a fantastic opportunity for Year 5 children to get involved in such a worthwhile project and in doing so make the local area a better place to live in.”

Would you like to know more?

Visit our Plymouth’s Buzzing! project page or Plymouth’s Buzzing blog.