A school in Cambridgeshire has been gifted hundreds of seed packets by a green-fingered volunteer group.

Pupils at William de Yaxley Church of England Academy were donated the seeds by Yaxley Countryside Volunteers.

Headteacher Kay Corley said the children can’t wait to start growing their plants.

She said: “This generous donation is such a wonderful gift for our pupils.

“Not only will it give them an engaging and fun project through the summer, it will also help them get a better understanding of nature and the natural world.

“The school would like to thank Yaxley Countryside Volunteers for their kind donation. We’ll be sure to let them know how the pupils’ plants turn out.”

Pupils at William de Yaxley with their donated seedsSowing seeds

Volunteer Jessie Boucher came up with the idea after the first lockdown started last year. It came when young people were looking for things to do while schools were closed.

After enlisting the help of chairman Reg Bingham and former teacher Odette Pinegar, the trio set out to source the seeds and get schools involved.

Five hundred packets of seeds were put together, along with an information pack explaining how to grow them. They were then given to pupils at William de Yaxley CofE Academy and Yaxley Infant School.

The volunteers also showed the pupils how to make butterfly feeders – flowers made out of paper with sugar-dipped sponge in the centre to attract bees and flying insects.

Support from community

Reg Bingham, Chairman of Yaxley Countryside Volunteers, said: “We have had a past voluntary project with the school and last year helped them to create a wildlife garden which involved clearing an old climbing frame and a lot of other detritus and planting up hundreds of donated plants.

“We would welcome further projects and offer our services for the benefit of the school, should they need similar support.

“We feel it’s really important to engage with the children for they are the future.”

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