Pupils plant wild flower meadow at Ramsgate Arts Primary

Youngsters dig in at Ramsgate Arts Primary

Green fingered pupils have taken part in a planting project at Ramsgate Arts Primary.

Children have planted bulbs and sown seeds for a wild flower meadow to run around the perimeter of the school playing field.

The ground was excavated and sectioned into class areas ready for the planting sessions to go ahead.

Assisted by staff, the young gardeners set about making holes and dropping the bulbs in the soil, while scattering the seeds across the prepared earth.

The plants were provided by the Bumble Bee Conservation Trust that aims to provide habitat for the much-loved insects that pollinate crops and wildflowers.

Head of School Nick Budge said: “We are grateful to the Trust for providing us with the seeds and bulbs and we are happy to support their conservation work in ensuring the survival of our beautiful bees.

“The children worked hard to get all of the seeds and bulbs scattered and bedded in and we are sure it will create a wonderfully colourful wild meadow that will attract bees.

“It is another part of our ongoing landscaping project that is really taking shape. The next step will be to install some planters and we have offers of help from the local SHED creative project; and we also hope to create an orchard with the offer of some free fruit trees.

“Our outdoor space is very important for the development of our boys and girls.”

RAPS has already created outdoor classroom areas and last year The Isle of Thanet Tree and Wood Initiative donated a prehistoric Maidenhair Tree (Ginkgo Biloba) to the site; and 12 saplings including Mountain Ash, Whitebeam and Wild Cherry were donated via the town’s Friends of Ellington Park Committee.

The school’s hard-working parent council has raised money towards landscaping through initiatives including school fairs, while a range of plants were bought last year with support from Youngs Nurseries at Broadstairs.

Mr Budge added: “Our children love tending the plants, working in the open and simply just sitting peacefully in quiet areas.

“This is an ongoing project which helps our pupils find out about the importance of supporting biodiversity, green spaces and the natural world.”

An official opening of RAPS landscaped areas is planned for later in the spring or early summer.