Schoolchildren learn about new meadow

Dozens of school children have attended an event to learn more about one of Fareham's newest meadow areas, Linden Lea
Dozens of school children have attended an event to learn more about one of Fareham's newest meadow areas, Linden Lea
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DOZENS of schoolchildren attended an event to learn more about a new meadow.

The meadow at Linden Lea in Portchester was planted on chalk downland last autumn and is coming into bloom.

A total of 65 pupils from Red Barn Primary and Northern Juniors were at the session organised by the Fareham in Bloom team.

They learnt more about the meadow and its wildflowers and were given free seeds to take away.

A group of Portsmouth University art students were also there teaching botanical art.

Councillor Connie Hockley, executive member for leisure and community at Fareham Borough Council, said: ‘I’m delighted to see this new meadow is growing so well, it’s a valuable addition to the open space around Linden Lea.

‘I’m pleased to see so many children here this afternoon learning about wildflowers and their importance in enhancing our environment.’

Matt Wakefield, the council’s horticulture development officer, said: ‘Meadowland is hugely important for supporting local biodiversity, ie the bees, butterflies and hover flies, and wildlife in general.

‘We’re very keen as part of our Fareham in Bloom campaign to support more naturalistic planting.

‘We’ve planted four meadows like the one at Linden Lea.’