St Giles school celebrates the opening of their mini-beast garden!

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Last summer holidays, on a drizzly day in August, parents at St Giles school, guided by Ceri Morgan, gathered to plant a ‘mini-beast garden’ – a raised bed with plants to attract bees, bugs and butterflies. Transition Ashtead were among other participants who were delighted to help with the planting and supplied some of the plants. The garden is now well established and buzzing with insect life and on Tuesday had its official opening. All the helpers were invited back to see the fruits of their labours. St Giles Head Teacher, Judith Clawley, led the lively proceedings and the children of St Giles cheered to thank everyone involved.

Katie from Ashtead Park Garden Centre cut the Opening Ribbon, which was held by 10 children, representing the parents who had been most involved with the project.

Transition Ashtead would like to congratulate St Giles for encouraging the children to understand the importance of pollinators, which are such a vital link in the natural chain of food production. The school also has two large ‘bug houses’ where insects can over-winter and lay eggs.

Creating areas of biodiversity like the mini-beast garden provides havens in which  pollinators can feed. Is there room in your garden for a ‘mini-beast patch’? Maybe you could leave an area of lawn un-mown or leave a grassy bank to go wild?  Scarce food for pollinators means fewer apples on your trees!