Young people across Denbighshire are getting behind work to provide a better future for local nature.
As Wales Climate Week takes place, Denbighshire County Council’s Biodiversity team are continuing to help educate youngsters about what they can do themselves to protect and improve nature on their own doorstep.
Team members have been engaging with pupils across the county during the year to help them understand how protecting biodiversity can give benefits both to nature and surrounding communities.
Schools visited this year include St Brigid’s Denbigh, Ysgol Caer Drewyn, Ysgol Penmorfa, both Ysgol Tir Morfa sites at Rhyl, Ysgol Cefn Meiriadog and Ysgol y Parc.
The team has carried out workshops with the pupils to explain the importance of wildflowers for our pollinators and local wildlife, how they benefit both nature and humans alike, the need to create more wildflower meadows to replace the habitat we’ve lost and help nature recovery, and planted new meadows on the school sites with the children using native wildflower plants grown by the Woodland Skills Centre
The team also supported Ysgol Caer Drewyn and Ysgol Tir Morfa (grange road site), in applying for a successfully gaining Bee Friendly Status!
Schools have also taken part in plug planting at county meadows, Ysgol Bodnant and Ysgol Y Parc pupils both supported the regeneration of meadows in Denbigh and Prestatyn.
Biodiversity Officers Ellie Wainwright and Evie Challinor recently visited Ysgol Cefn Meiriadog to help pupils move ahead with stronger support for nature on site by running a biodiversity session to help children learn about the role of a wildflower and plant a new wildflower area on site.
Following the event Ellie said: “We had a great day planting with the Year 6 children at Ysgol Cefn Meiriadog! They were very enthusiastic to get digging and do their bit to help nature thrive on their school grounds.
By bringing nature into schools and engaging with the students we hope to educate children on the importance of the natural world, and how we depend on and are a part of nature. Every area where nature is allowed to thrive helps to tackle the nature emergency, especially wildflower meadows – which support a wide range and abundance of wildlife. I hope this area will offer many opportunities for students to learn about and interact with nature for years to come.”
Cllr Barry Mellor, Lead Member for Environment and Transport, said: “The children we have met during the year have been fantastic with their enthusiasm for helping to support local nature. It s really important that we do all we can to help youngsters learn and understand that nature is under threat and how they have taken that on board and really stepped up has been so inspiring to see.”