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Kingsmead Primary School

A ground-breaking wildlife garden has brought children closer to nature at a school in Cheshire.

A £500 donation from Barclays at Gadbrook Park has been used to develop an area in the grounds of Kingsmead Primary School in Northwich, to attract more butterflies and moths.

The site has been transformed over the last decade with tree planting and the creation of a pond. Pupils are also encouraged to harvest their own fruit and vegetables for school dinners.

This summer, Butterfly Conservation’s Cheshire and Peak District Branch have worked with a team from Barclays to create a butterfly-shaped flowerbed. With the help of the schoolchildren, it has been filled with nectar plants and flowers in the hope it will attract some of the county’s summer species, like the Large white or the Small tortoiseshell.

The official unveiling coincided with an activity day, jointly organised by the school and the wildlife charity on Friday 27th June 2014. Pupils were taught how to identify different types of butterfly and a moth trap will let them get up close to these often overlooked insects.

Rupert Adams, Education Officer for Butterfly Conservation’s Cheshire and Peak District Branch said: “Over the last few months I have been working closely with the school to design activities and experiments that tie in with the curriculum, but also teach the children about the value of butterflies and moths. Not only are they an important part of our eco-system, they are indicators of a healthy environment, alerting us to any changes in the climate.”

The activity day began with a talk in the morning assembly from Dr. Martin Warren, Chief Executive of Butterfly Conservation. He said: “My own passion for butterflies started when I was around seven and I can remember the thrill of seeing admirals and tortoiseshells in our garden. I am delighted that the school is encouraging their pupil’s interest in butterflies, they will have great fun as well as learning important lessons about the natural world.”

Headteacher at Kingsmead, Catriona Stewart, added: “While rich in fields and trees, the school had fewer flowering plants than we would like to attract pollinating insects. Reception children have planted a meadow in front of the school and the beautiful butterfly garden in the playing fields is situated in a quiet area among the willow domes which we hope will attract lots of butterflies.

“Teaching the children about the environment is extremely important and I’m delighted we’ve been able to work with Butterfly Conservation to allow pupils to experience and enjoy these beautiful insects. I’d also like to thank the workers at Barclays for making this project possible.”

Team Leader for Barclays at Gadbrook Park, Paul Mustoe, said: “We were thrilled to support Kingsmead and Butterfly Conservation in this initiative.”

For further pictures or interviews please email clairedisley@hotmail.co.uk or contact the Butterfly Conservation Press Office on: 01929 406 005 or news@butterflyconservation.org

Kingsmead Primary is a state school for boys and girls aged 4 to 11. It and been awarded National Healthy Schools Status and won three awards under the Eco-Schools programme. For more information visit http://www.kingsmead.cheshire.sch.uk/

Butterfly Conservation is the largest charity of its type in the world. Our aim is the conservation of butterflies, moths and their habitats. We run conservation programmes for more than 100 threatened species and manage over 30 nature reserves.

Kingsmead Head Teacher Catriona Stewart + Dr Martin Warren

Kingsmead head teacher Catriona Stewart & Dr Martin Warren

Butterfly flower bed

Butterfly flower bed

Children + Martin at bed

Children & Martin at bed

Kingsmead- Children by Butterfly bed

Kingsmead children by the butterfly bed

Martin + children around Butterfly bed

Martin & children around butterfly bed

Kingsmead school

Martin & children around butterfly bed

Martin + children looking flowers

Martin & children looking at the flowers

Martin + children looking flowers

Martin & children looking at the flowers

Children + Rupert looking at Caterpiller Eggs

Rupert & children looking at the flowers

Kingsmead school

Shila Gijjar (teacher), Dr Martin Warren, Rupert Adams (Cheshire Branch) & children around the butterfly bed