Community stewardship at The Yorkshire Arboretum’s wetland meadows

Jun 17, 2024 | News, News - Featured

The positive community aspect of the Forgotten Flora project at The Yorkshire Arboretum’s wetland meadow project is truly inspiring. Volunteers of all ages and abilities have come together to enhance the natural beauty and ecological value of this area.

The journey began last August with the collection of seeds, which volunteers diligently sowed into trays. Remarkably, around 1,400 seedlings emerged and were carefully tended to by Welburn Hall School students over the winter, who pricked them out and potted them up. Welburn Hall School is a generic special school/college for children and young people aged 8 to 19 years with a wide range of special educational needs.

On 12 June 2024 the project reached a significant milestone as volunteers planted 600 Ragged Robin plants at the edge of the lake at The Yorkshire Arboretum. Seeing the community come together, from young students to older volunteers, to contribute to this project is heart warming. Ragged Robin, with its delicate pink flowers, not only adds beauty to the wet meadows and marshy areas but also provides a crucial nectar source for pollinators. This collaborative effort highlights the power of community involvement in fostering environmental stewardship and enhancing local ecosystems.

The project was supported by AutismPlus, Howardian Hills National Landscape, Welburn Hall School and Yorkshire Arboretum.

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