Green-fingered nature lessons

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

Eco-conscious Lyme Community School pupils planted wildflowers at the old Lyme and Wood site in Haydock as part of the Forever Meadows project. Much of the former pit site had been used by Cory Environmental for landfill tipping - but the site is now predominantly a country park.

The group was made up of 20 children from the school’s own eco group and members of the school council and Sarah Brooks, the school’s eco co-ordinator, said: “All the children are delighted to have the Country Park on their doorstep. It helps them to respect wildlife which means they appreciate rather than stand on orchids.”

Ian Craven, Cory Environmental’s area manager, said: “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.”