St Mary's R C Primary School - June 2005

Although out of our area, St Mary's R C Primary School in Swinton had received some plants from Salford City Council to renovate their gardens. The teacher at the school who was given the job of organising the work, was the daughter of a member, so we agreed to help with the planting and add some butterfly-friendly plants to the garden.

The garden area has the advantage of being south-facing and sheltered and together with the plants has real potential to be butterfly friendly. So in June, two Group members, together with a class of Year 4, their teacher, and a grandfather of one of the children, the site was cleared and planted. The children were eager to find out about butterflies and caterpillars and asked many questions and enjoyed helping with the planting.

In July the garden was full of flowers and attracted some butterflies, which pleased the children. In September more nectar-rich plants from the Tatton Show garden were planted with the help of the same pupils. The garden is situated next to the door which leads from the school to the playground and so is seen by all the children everyday. It has changed an unsightly area into an attractive site for both children and staff, provided an educational resource for the school and an attractive site for butterflies .