Attracting the butterflies and bees

 April 2012 (2) [Updated June 2012]                                                                              A NANTWICH IN BLOOM PAGE





Job done . . . The pupils pose by the flower bed, with head teacher, Mr Dyson, after completing the task






WITH pollinating insects "disappearing at an alarming rate", Nantwich in Bloom are drawing attention to this plight by growing flowers that attract butterflies and bees.
   They are doing this with the help of primary school children and at the end of April it was the turn of pupils from Highfields Primary School. This is near to the location of the first flower bed to be created - at the foot of a Nantwich in Bloom sign in Middlewich Road.

   The pupils went to the site, accompanied by head teacher Simon Dyson, where they learned from Nantwich in Bloom Chairman, Doug Butterill, and NiB Secretary, Sue Hughes, about the plants they were about to put into the ground.

   These included Californian poppy and cosmos (a daisy-like plant). 

OTHER schools taking part in the project are: Millfields School (Waterlode and the corner of  Welshman's Lane), St Anne's School (Audlem Road - with Town Mayor, Cllr Arthur Moran), Wyche School (Barony Road, opposite the Red Lion), Weaver School (Shrewbridge Road, opposite Stonebridge Road, with Crewe and Nantwich MP, Edward Timpson) and Broad Lane School (London Road, opposite St Joseph's Way, with help from residents and and staff of Richmond village).

The first plant goes in


Left: Sue Hughes keeps an eye on the planting   






Right: Doug Butterill talks to the pupils about the plants they will be putting into the flower bed





The flowers are all planted,

ready to attract butterflies and

bees to the area... they did on a sunny

Sunday in June (no

 sign of butterflies that day)








A busy bee visits flowers in

 the thriving flower bed in June




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