Lundavra Primary pupils put their green fingers to good use

Primary 7 pupils of Lundavra school help plant seeds as part of the Upper Achintore Regeneration Group ‘Greening the Burn’ project. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos NO F37 Greening the burn 01
Primary 7 pupils of Lundavra school help plant seeds as part of the Upper Achintore Regeneration Group ‘Greening the Burn’ project. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos NO F37 Greening the burn 01

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A group of P7 pupils from Lundavra Primary School in Fort William joined members of the Upper Achinitore Regeneration Group this week to help plant seeds as part of a Greening the Burn project.

This is being undertaken with the climate and ecological emergency in mind,
with the group looking at ways to help, even in a small way, to save the planet.

As part of this, the group wishes to enhance, rewild and maintain a green area
that runs downhill at the side of a burn between housing from Sutherland
Avenue to Lundavra Road in Fort William.

The aim is to keep it litter free, clear dead gorse and dead trees, plant native deciduous trees, bulbs, woodland flowers and sow wildflower seeds.

Members of the group and volunteers from the community will do the work,
while children from Lundavra Primary School will help with planting. Local volunteers have already made a very good start.

The Woodland Trust is very kindly donating 30 small trees and the Pebble Trust, Highlands and Islands, has very kindly given the project a grant to buy seeds, bulbs and three mature trees.

The wildflowers and bulbs will help biodiversity as they will attract pollinators
and be a source of nectar for other insects like butterflies and moths. The wild
areas will contain nettles, docks and umbellifers that many insects use for their
larval stages.

The trees which are being planted will lock up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and provide homes for birds and insects.

As it is a route to Lundavra Primary School, the plan is also to make it a pleasant area to
walk through and by getting engaged in the project the group hopes to encourage others in the community to take action in caring for green spaces and the wildlife that lives there.

This could be the start of not only protecting and greening the burn area but could lead to enhancing all the green spaces in the area.

Janet Hickman, who is co-ordinating the project, said: ‘We have cut back a lot of the overgrown areas around the burn and were delighted to welcome children from Lundavra to help with planting seeds which will not only add colour but also encourage wildlife.

‘It is an ongoing project, with more plants, trees and bulbs to go in as every small thing we do to help the planet is very worthwhile.’

Chairman, Mark Linfield added: ‘This is very much a community project to improve the area for everyone and so far the response has been very positive. It would be great to see even more people becoming involved.’