Green fingered volunteers of all ages planted over a 1000 wild flowers on Saturday 2 May at Drinkfield Marsh in Darlington.
Drinkfield Marsh is a beautiful local nature reserve off Whesso Road, North Darlington. Although surrounded by industry and houses it is a peaceful place that local people enjoy, with its large lake, and reeds, which attract many species of water birds.
The Tees Valley Wildlife Trust joined forces with the Friends of Drinkfield Marsh to create a wildflower meadow near the lake. Cowslips, field scabious, black knapweed, birdsfoot trefoil and meadow cransbill were planted in holes that were pre dug by members of Friends group, earlier in the week. Pictures and details of the plants can be downloaded wildflowers
There was a great community spirit, many families took part, with children enjoying a wild flower treasure hunt and wildlife craft. The afternoon finished with tea and biscuits (donated by the Co-op), sheltering from the rain under the gazebo.
Roger Crowther, secretary of the Friends of Drinkfield says “As a volunteer group were delighted and grateful to receive the support of a number of agencies to assist us in our endeavours to continue to make Drinkfield Marsh Nature Reserve an interesting and enjoyable place to visit for all members of the community”.
The plants were funded by a grants from the Tree Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of the Tees Valley Wild Green Places Project. Photographs are thanks to Friends of Drinkfield Marsh volunteer Jon Merchant.
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