In 2012, LEAP were awarded a grant through the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) Community Projects Fund, to work with Lochwinnoch, Kilbarchan and Howwood Primary Schools.
Native bulbs and wildflowers were planted by the children, within the school grounds and in areas around the villages. Native hedgerows were also planted to provide nesting habitats and increase biodiversity.
As part of the project, LEAP was funding the planting of fruit trees and bushes, to increase local foraging opportunities.
The “Bee Active for Wildlife” project was delivered in partnership with Starling Learning, a local environmental education and conservation management company, in Lochwinnoch.
The first phase of the project, in November 2012, was the planting of native bulbs in three school playgrounds. The children braved the cold to plant hundreds of snowdrops, bluebells and wood anemones.
Richard Graham, from Starling Learning in Lochwinnoch, taught them how the bulbs should be planted and the benefits they would bring.
The second phase started at the end of February 2013.
Pupils in each of the three schools attended a training session, led by Richard Graham (Starling Learning) covering the different techniques for planting both sapling and more mature trees and on planting wildflower plants and fruit bushes. This was followed by a day’s planting session.