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Wildflower seed giveaway is blooming success


Insect study centre

We've given away more than 1,000 packets of wildflower seeds to Dacorum residents.

As part of our climate and ecological emergency work, and to celebrate Biodiversity Day (Saturday 22 May 2021), we held a wildflower seed giveaway and primary school competition.

Applications for the wildflower seeds were open to residents all week, while Chambersbury Primary School was randomly selected as the lucky winner of our competition. The school won an insect sit-and-study centre, where plants can be grown to attract a variety of insects.

Rebecca Sutherland Cooper, Senior Assistant Head at Chambersbury, said: “Thank you so much for this fantastic addition to our brand new wildlife area. At Chambersbury we love outdoor learning and are working really hard to develop our grounds so children can enjoy the outdoors and all of its learning opportunities. We want to increase biodiversity and foster a love of nature.

“This insect study table will give children the chance to earn their Bug Buddy badge. We know children will love using this study centre.”

All schools that entered the competition will also be sent packets of wildflower seeds to sow in the school grounds.

Growing wildflowers is a great way to welcome pollinators such as bees and butterflies into your garden. An alarming 97 per cent of wildflower meadows have been lost in the UK since the 1930s, which has had a direct impact on insect populations. By supporting these populations we are also supporting all of the larger wildlife populations that rely on them for a food source.

If you are one of the lucky individuals who will be receiving free seeds, we would love to see you planting them in your garden. Please email any photos to sustainability@dacorum.gov.uk

We are running a number of biodiversity projects in Dacorum, including wildflower meadows, tree planting schemes, bug hotels and bee houses - find out more on our Biodiversity and conservation page.

The Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust also has some great advice on gardening for wildlife. If you’d like to know more, and get involved in its #30DaysWild campaign this June, visit its website.