By Polly Wise – Thomas A Becket Middle School
On a sunny October day our 200 Year 4 pupils took part in the planting of our Flutter Flower meadow which now surrounds our School Tree Nursery.
Ree, the flutter flower co-ordinator arrived first, her van laden with 200 pots of home grown native wildflowers and grasses along with containers of dried flower heads; the ingredients for our Flutter Flower Meadow.
Next to arrive were our 3 volunteers from a local company who helped us throughout the day, as the saying goes ‘many hands make light work’. Barbara, a community member of our Eco-Action Team, also joined us for the morning –on her birthday.
Before the classes came outside they had listened to the story of ‘Belinda, Lady of the Flowers’ so that they understood the importance of their work. This was reinforced by a talk by Ree before they were let free to dig their holes and plant their flowers and grasses. The children were really fascinated by the seeds as normally they plant seeds from packets so to be able to sprinkle them straight from the dried flower head was a new experience for most.
We have left a winding pathway through the meadow area which will be kept mown as the meadow grows upwards. The children will be able to wander through the meadow in time and will study the flowers and insects that live within it during their Summer term theme of ‘Our Wonderful World’.
As a school we are all very much looking forward to watching the area transform from a normal grassy area into a very special habitat for butterflies and other little creatures.