This is an archived press release
Monday 3 October 2005
3 October 2005
Children plant seeds of change for Peak haymeadows
Ashford Beavers and Cub scouts helped restore hope for the future of Peak District haymeadows when they sowed seeds rich in wildflowers in fields near their village.
The 24 children and helpers worked with the Peak District National Park Authority's Vision Project to spread top-quality haymeadow seed, harvested locally, on two fields near Monsal Head.
The Vision Project is working with local farmers to help stem the disappearance of flower-rich traditional haymeadows - 97 per cent were lost between the 1930s and 1990s in Britain - yet they can contain as many as 50 wildflower species, attracting skylark, butterflies and moths.
The Beavers and Cubs - who are expected to do a good turn every day - did theirs during their weekly meeting, enabling them to achieve an Environmental Group Award for projects caring for their local environment.
National Park conservation awareness officer Louise Valantine said: "We're really grateful to the Cubs and Beavers for their help - and we hope they gained an insight into the need for environmental conservation in the Peak District.
"Community involvement is a vital part of care for the environment - on this same site last year a local youth group repaired a cracked concrete dew pond, one of a cluster of ponds that are important for great crested newts in the area. It's by working together that we achieve the best results - not just now but for the future."