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18 May 2018

Pupils plant wildflowers at Leith Hall

A large group of children sit under a tree in a field, accompanied by a number of Trust rangers. A man sits in the middle and holds up a sign with the People's Postocde Lottery and National Trust for Scotland logos on it.
Leith Hall’s Nature Detectives have been planting wildflower seeds at Leith Hall.
Over 300 pupils from Aberdeenshire schools have taken part in a project teaching them about the National Trust for Scotland, Leith Hall, meadows and wildcats.

Over the last few months, the rangers and gardeners from our conservation charity have toured 13 local schools – Clatt, Cairnie, Drumblade, Rhynie, Largue, Forgue, Insch, Premnay, Kennethmont, Glass, Ordiquhill, Gartly and Oyne – and have worked with over 300 pupils. The project teaches the pupils all about the National Trust for Scotland, Leith Hall, meadows and wildcats, in partnership with Scottish Wildcat Action.

The children also sowed their own mini meadows in large seed trays with seed mixes donated by Scotia seeds – they will now watch them grow in their playgrounds.

The wildflower meadow project was made possible thanks to funding raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, awarded through the Postcode Earth Trust.

“At the end of June, this funding will then pay for all the schools to travel to Leith Hall where they will learn all about the amazing wildlife and gardens that we have here, before transplanting their mini meadows into our much bigger meadow next to the hall.”
Stephen Reeves
National Trust for Scotland ranger

Other local children have been involved too, with the Leith Hall Nature Detectives (pictured) and Green Action clubs also playing their part by sowing wildflower seeds in plug trays ready to plant out between the mini meadows. It is hoped that the children will bring their families back to Leith Hall to watch their mini meadows develop over the coming years. The meadow will become an important resource for pollinators, wildcats and other wildlife.

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