Pupils help create community wildlife area in Hellesdon

School pupils have been getting involved with a project to create a community wildlife area in Hellesdon.

About 50 children spent yesterday planting tree saplings in the area being developed in a corner of Hellesdon's recreation ground near the community centre.

Walnut, English oak and silver birch were among the varieties being planted, and the schools that were involved in the project were Arden Grove Infant and Nursery School, Kinsale Infant School, Kinsale Junior School, Heather Avenue Infant School, and Firside Junior School.

The youngsters also enjoyed a talk about conservation from Ed Stocker, from Norfolk County Council's ecology department.

Ken Owen, assistant to the parish clerk at Hellesdon Parish Council, said: 'The children were fantastic.


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They thoroughly enjoyed themselves and they did a really good job.'

The parish council successfully applied for an Awards for All grant of more than �5,000 to create the new community wildlife area.

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As well as the trees, some shrubs and plants have also been planted in the area, and next month some bird and bat boxes are going to be added.

Above, Ed Stocker sets off with youngsters to plant trees in Hellesdon.

PHOTO: BILL SMITH

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