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Buzz surrounds wildflower planting

Worcester Editorial 14th Apr, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

THERE was a buzz of excitement as youngsters began to create more wildflower havens as part of the annual Take Pride in Worcester campaign.

Children from Dines Green Primary School’s gardening club rolled up their sleeves and planted cornflowers, poppies, camomiles, marigolds and corn cockles in Cripplegate Park.

Staff from Worcester City Council will also be planting wildflowers beside a number of city centre car parks over the next few weeks in a bid to make the area more attractive and encourage pollinators such as bees, butterflies and moths.

“Bees are an essential element in the food chain as they pollinate approximately a third of the food we eat,” Warwick Neale from the City Council’s Cleaner and Greener team, said.

“Unfortunately, honeybee numbers have fallen by up to 30 per cent in recent years nationally, which is why it is so important that Worcester plays its part in increasing bee numbers.”

The Friends of the Laugherne Brook Nature Reserve are looking for new volunteers to join a wildflower planting session on Sunday, April 27, at 10am.

Anyone interested should meet by the notice board on Coles Meadow in Solitaire Avenue.

People who want to organise a Take Pride event in their area should call Deborah Merrick on 01905 752969 or e-mail deborah.merrick@worcester.gov.uk as the city council can provide equipment and support.

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