Dozens of school children have attended an event to learn more about one of the Borough's newest meadow areas.
The meadow at Linden Lea in Portchester was planted on chalk downland last Autumn and is coming into bloom.
65 pupils from Red Barn Primary and Northern Junior were at the session organised by the Fareham in Bloom team. They learnt more about the meadow and its wildflowers and were given free seeds to take away. A group of Portsmouth University art students were also there teaching botanical art.
Executive member for Leisure and Community at Fareham Borough Council, Cllr Connie Hockley, said: "I'm delighted to see this new meadow is growing so well, it's a valuable addition to the open space around Linden Lea. I'm pleased to see so many children here this afternoon learning about wildflowers and their importance in enhancing our environment."
Horticulture Development Officer at Fareham Borough Council, Matt Wakefield, said: "Meadowland is hugely important for supporting local biodiversity, ie the bees, butterflies and hover flies, and wildlife in general. We're very keen as part of our Fareham in Bloom campaign to support more naturalistic planting. We've planted four meadows like the one at Linden Lea and have plans for five more across the Borough. Events like today's are a great way to get the community involved and raise awareness."
Today's event is part of the Going Wild campaign, which was started in 2012 aiming to bring nectar rich meadows to the Borough.
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