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6 Jul 2018

Going wild at Leith Hall

A group of young children sit on the grass around an old tree with a very large trunk. The boy in the middle holds a framed poster up to the camera.
Leith Hall Nature Detectives get ready to plant their wildflower seeds
We’re running a project to get school pupils involved in planting wildflowers in Aberdeenshire, all thanks to support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

More than 300 children across Aberdeenshire have been involved so far in this new outdoor learning initiative. Thirteen local schools are helping to plant a new wildflower meadow in the historic Leith Hall’s grounds, as well as learning more about Scotland’s nature and heritage.

Pupils have been growing their own vibrant and colourful flower meadows over the past couple of weeks, using a variety of seed trays donated by the Trust and Brechin-based Scotia Seeds.

This week, the trays are being collected and brought to Leith Hall, where each one will be planted in the meadow, increasing the diversity of plants and flowers that grow there.

As well as planting their flowers, pupils will also enjoy a series of talks from rangers and gardeners highlighting Leith Hall’s history, Scotland’s natural environment and the variety of wildlife that can be found across the country. Representatives from Scotia Seeds and Scottish Wildcat Action will also deliver talks about Scotland’s plantlife and wildlife, especially the Scottish wildcat.

Stephen Reeves, North East Ranger for the National Trust for Scotland, says: ‘It is vital that we take care of Scotland’s natural treasures so that generations to come can enjoy our beautiful countryside and thriving wildlife, so it’s been incredible to see so many children get involved in the project, and with such enthusiasm.

‘It’s our hope that throughout this process we have encouraged young people to be passionate about everything Scotland has to offer and help them understand why everything we do is for the love of Scotland.’

The National Trust for Scotland works every day to protect Scotland’s national and natural treasures. From coastlines to castles, art to architecture, wildlife to wilderness, we protect all of this For the Love of Scotland.

In Our Strategy for Protecting Scotland’s Heritage 2018–23, we set out how we’re planning to work towards our vision that Scotland’s heritage is valued by everyone and protected now, and for future generations.

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