Wildflower Workshop

Pupils made the local newspaper for their involvement in Slaley, Hexhamshire and Healey Community Environmental Group (CEG)'s initiative to survey wildflowers in our local verges.
The CEG organised a meeting at Whitley Chapel Parish Hall on May 13 to discuss why wildflowers and verges are important. Schoolchildren from Whitley Chapel and Slaley contributed to the project through the Forest School Initiative.

More than 50 wildflowers were identified and recorded from the leaves as it is still early for many to be in flower, and there was a large variation of diversity between sites.


Headteacher, Karen North, said: "The children in our school hugely enjoy their Forest School sessions and to be able to link their curiosity and enthusiasm about the natural world around them to a project like this is so important.

"Giving the children additional skills to be able to identify what is around them and how it may change over time has increased their connection to the local area and their awareness of what needs protection and why. 

"Having requested to take ownership of the verge, they will now have a vested interest in being the custodians of the potential diversity for the future and will hopefully pass on the essential knowledge that they have gained from members of the local community to their friends and families, and then to their children and grandchildren."


You can read the full article on the Hexham Courant website