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Bradwell pupils sow seeds of future

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Wednesday 11 October 2006

11 October 2006

Bradwell pupils sow seeds of future

Wild flowers will once more bloom in a Peak District haymeadow thanks to seeds scattered by Bradwell Junior School children.

The pupils were helping the Vision for Wildlife Project, which works closely with farmers and local communities to restore wildlife habitats, including traditional haymeadows.

Some 97 per cent of Britain’s flower-rich haymeadows have been lost in the last half-century, and the Vision for Wildlife Project (a Peak District National Park Authority/Natural England partnership) is helping to re-dress the balance.

The pupils went out with National Park conservation awareness officer Louise Valantine, ranger Pete Bush, parent-helpers and even a four-week-old baby, to scatter the seed gathered from a nearby flower-rich meadow.

The field was chosen because it lies next to a daleside rich in flowers and wildlife, and it would extend their habitats onto the plateau.

Teacher Jill Mayfield said: “We were really pleased that the children were provided with this opportunity to get actively involved in restoring a haymeadow locally, and will be able to watch as it develops in the future.”

Louise Valantine said it helped children understand just how special the Peak District is for wildlife – not just nationally but globally.

“When I was young, I didn’t realise that haymeadows were fast disappearing,” she said, “nor that this area was special for great crested newts, or that Britain has the bulk of the world’s supply of heather moorland – and I took it all for granted.

“I think every child in the Peak District should be provided with the opportunity to know these things so they can sing about it from the hilltops with pride.”

The future of the meadow as a wildlife site is soon to be secured within an Environmental Stewardship agreement between the landowner and Natural England.

The Vision for Wildlife Project works with adult groups as well as youngsters, enhancing, extending and linking wildlife habitats in a central area of the White Peak and Dark Peak.

To find out more go to www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/vision-project, call 01629 816397 or e-mail visionproject@peakdistrict.gov.uk

This project has been supported by SITA Trust, which makes awards through the Landfill Communities Fund. SITA Trust provides funding to improve biodiversity and the environment around landfill sites throughout England. SITA Trust receives its funding from the waste management company, SITA UK.

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