Back in July, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Youth Wildlife Team got in touch with us as they were tasked to revamp a natural play area as part of their year-long programme Tomorrow’s Natural Leaders. As the area was mostly in woodlands, our Shaded Area Wildflower mix had caught their eye – but we couldn’t let them just try that, so we donated a few of our other mixes!
Sending off 100g of our Sandy Soils, Bees & Pollinators and Meadow Magic (each covering 20m2) the seeds were first sown into up-cycled tyres. As there were so many left over, they were next sown into hidey holes the bug hotel, around the shed and as part of a mini meadow on top of a hibernaculum! Once established, our wildflowers will help to create year-round habitats for native flora and fauna.
Joe Wyatt, Environmental Youth Project Leader at Yorkshire Wildflife Trust had this to say about the project ‘“The Tomorrow Natural Leaders spend a year with us picking up many new skills and knowledge, we then ask them to use these to inspire other young people to get involved in nature and wildlife. This year the South TNL decided the best way to do this was working with Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust at Idle Valley to improve their natural play area. The play area has had a refresh including bug hotel, youth friendly hide, fire pit and den building. To support these activities, we have also planted a number of wildflower planters which will bring some colour and food for pollinators. This was made possible from the kind donation of The Grass people. Going forward the area will become a base for the Idle Valley young rangers will keep it maintained and offering a chance for young people to engage with nature”.
We can’t wait to see how this area and its use blooms come spring time.