Butterfly garden to help pupils’ learning take flight

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AN overgrown area at a Todmorden school has been transformed into a butterfly garden by a team of Environment Agency (EA) contractors.

Due to the ongoing Todmorden Flood Alleviation Scheme work being carried out along Rochdale Road, nearby Shade School has built up a good relationship with the EA and its contractors Volker Stevin.

Alan Whitaker, from the EA, approached headteacher Jan Dawson to find out if the school had space for a butterfly garden.

Two members of the Volker Stevin team then came along to clear an overgrown area and plant up the garden.

Mr Whitaker said: “We are delighted that Jan and her team at Shade have been able to offer part of their school garden to create a butterfly habitat which we hope will encourage the children to take an interest in protecting these wonderful, fragile insects – both now and in the future.”

Mrs Dawson said: “We would like to thank Alan for suggesting this initiative and we are looking forward to learning about the native species of butterflies.”