Millenium project gets kids digging

PUBLISHED: 11:40 21 December 2006 | UPDATED: 14:57 12 May 2010

The tree planting gets underway

The tree planting gets underway

YOUNGSTERS from a school in Royston donned their wellies and gloves to take part in a conservation day. Pupils at Greneway School in Garden Walk spent a day digging and planting as part of the schools ongoing Millennium Grassland Project. The project req

YOUNGSTERS from a school in Royston donned their wellies and gloves to take part in a conservation day.

Pupils at Greneway School in Garden Walk spent a day digging and planting as part of the schools ongoing Millennium Grassland Project.

The project requires the school to conserve the biodiversity of their millennium field, and to develop a wildlife plan that ensures the maintenance of the site.

Before the conservation day, pupils were asked to input ideas. They suggested that they planted trees and hedgerow, and manage the grassland and population of weeds.

The field is of particular interest because the soil and plants were moved from St Mary's Park Convent, in Royston, which was declared as a site of special scientific interest.

Rare plants on the field include ladies bedshaw, black knapweed, and sheeps fescue. Each plant will be monitored and their every development noted.

A spokeswoman for the school said: "This is a fascinating project that the school is proud to be part of. There is a special history with the site, since some of the land was moved from St Mary's Park Convent.

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