From a pit to a park

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GREEN-fingered youngsters have been helping to transform a former pit site into a picturesque country park.

Twenty eco-conscious Lyme Community School pupils planted wildflowers at the old Lyme and Wood site in Haydock as part of the Forever Meadows project.

The group was made up of children from the school’s own eco group and members of the school council.

Until recently, much of the former pit site had been used by Cory Environmental for landfill tipping - but the site is now predominantly a country park.

Sarah Brooks, Lyme Community School’s eco co-ordinator, said: “All the children are delighted to have the Country Park on their doorstep. It helps them to understand about wildlife and plants. It also helps them to respect wildlife which means they appreciate rather than standing on orchids.”

Ian Craven, Cory Environmental’s area manager, said: “Other local schools have been involved with tree planting at the country park and developing a mosaic of different habitats at the site.

“Recently a pond dipping platform has been installed adjacent to the Cory site offices and we are encouraging local schools to contact us to make use of this. It is great to have such local involvement.”

Ian Wright, of the regional Wildlife Trust’s Forever Meadows project, added: “The creation and restoration of wildlflower meadows at Lyme and Wood will do more than bring beautiful natural colour.

“The meadows provide a much-needed source of nectar and refuge for our bees, butterflies and moths. In turn they pollinate the plants we rely on for our food - giving us everything from apples to cooking oil.”