Wildflower Planting In Mickley

20th October 2015

Wild initiative for Mickley youngsters

 PUPILS at Mickley First School are sowing the seeds for a bright and buzzing springtime.
Children from Mickley First School scattering wildflower seeds.
Children from Mickley First School scattering wildflower seeds with (L-R) Lee Bailey from Riverside, Charlotte Paul, Headteacher at Mickley First School,Andrew Hudson, Councillor Anne Dale, Dave Brown from Keepmoat and Julie Gray from Riverside.

They have been scattering special nectar rich wildflower seeds, which they hope will entice butterflies and bees into the area.

They sowed the seeds on council land near to the 22-home Riverside development in the village.

The project was the result of a combined effort from housing developer Riverside, regeneration specialists Keepmoat, local county councillor Anne Dale and the school.

Headteacher Andrew Hudson said “By taking part in this nature project the children have learned a great deal about wildflowers.”

Gill Sweeney of Keepmoat, who donated the wildflower seeds, added: "Projects like this are a fun and engaging way to get children thinking about their local environment. 


"I’m pleased we were able to make a small contribution towards this fantastic initiative."

It is hoped that the 'bee cafe' provided in the wildflower meadow will attract new species of butterflies and insects as well as protecting native species. 

Coun. Dale said: “As part of the Broomley Bee project the children have realised that there is insufficient foraging for bees, and this wildflower meadow will be a huge boost. 

"The county council was very pleased to be able to work with Riverside and the school to do this planting to encourage more bees to the area.

“I am really looking forward to seeing this new ‘bee café’ well used!”

Lee Bailey from Riverside added: “These flowers will really brighten up the area and I’d like to thank the children for all their hard work in successfully planting thousands of wildflower seeds which will really benefit the local environment.”