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Eco - Just wild about flowers

Green-fingered pupils are to create a wildflower meadow in the grounds of the historic property Haddo House.

Children from local primaries will be involved in every stage of the project at the Aberdeenshire property, which is owned by the National Trust for Scotland.

After learning how to sow, grow and care for the flowers in the nursery, the children will survey the site to see how the insects and plants which already live there may contribute to the future success of the wildflowers.

They will also take part in hands-on activities which link wildlife conservation with the importance of biodiversity, and learn about the importance of honey bees when it comes to growing flowers.

Bob Holliman, head gardener at Haddo, said: "This project is at the core of what the trust is all about. Through combining conservation with learning, it speaks to the very people who can care for the environment in the future."

The property will be holding an open day on March 28, from 12 noon to 4pm, where visitors can find out more about the wildflower project and other learning opportunities.

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