July 13, 2024

Corwen primary pupils have a new biodiversity boosting addition to their school grounds.

Ysgol Caer Drewyn pupils joined with Denbighshire County Council’s Biodiversity team to create a new wildflower meadow for the school to help local nature.

The new addition to the ground is part of the school’s recent KS1 category win in the Council’s Postcards from the Future competition which asked pupils to deliver a message back through time to help us understand how to create a better future for ourselves in the county and across the world.

Pupils Lily and Eleanor looked at how they could help both the oceans and rainforests and their inhabitants recover from climate and ecological change in 2050.

All winners received a selection of environmental books for the school, a talk from the County Council’s Biodiversity Team and a collection of plug plants to help create or improve a wildflower area.

Year One and Two pupils rolled up their sleeves with the officers to plant the wildflowers which have been grown at the Council’s tree nursery at St Asaph on a corner of the school grounds to create a new meadow.

They planted red clover, red campion, birds-foot trefoil, yarrow, and self-heal.

Ellie Wainwright, biodiversity officer, said: “The pupils were really keen to do their bit to create the meadow as they all understand how these areas support a range of wildlife from ‘mini-beasts’ (invertebrates) like bees and butterflies to larger animals such as birds and hedgehogs. They were great and very enthusiastic about getting their hands in the soil to make a difference for their future.”

 Cllr Barry Mellor, Lead Member for Environment and Transport, said: “I’m really proud of the pupils for getting stuck in to creating this wildflower area. These areas are not just for boosting nature and local biodiversity, they are for us too, especially our future generations such as these children who I hope will see this piece of land grow and protect our species.”

Pupils at Ysgol Caer Drewyn were acknowledged for all their eco work and have had their Platinum status from Keep Wales Tidy retained for the ninth year this year.

The competition was also supported by the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) zero carbon Britain. CAT is an educational charity dedicated to researching and communicating positive solutions for environmental change.