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Allerton Grange Buzz

Students from Allerton Grange School joined volunteers from Friends of Allerton Grange Fields and representatives from Bug Life, in a fruit tree planting project on the former school playing fields.

The project is a result of funding from Bug Life through #UrbanBuzzLeeds, seeing community volunteers and young people coming together to enhance our local area.

This event is one of the first in a series of further projects across Leeds, with the aim of creating over 25 hectares of nectar rich, pollinator friendly habitat; including orchards, woodlands and wildflower meadows. Over 100 ‘buzzing hotspots’ will be created, with the support of over 600 volunteers, developing vibrant, colourful spaces over the next 21 months.

Our students provided ‘person-power’ to dig holes in the existing orchard area for the new trees to be planted. Although good for the trees, the soil was mainly clay, which stuck heavily to boots and trainers. It made their task quite difficult, but hugely rewarding at the end when the trees were all in place and ready for spring.

Well done to Rimsha, Rabail, Jacob, Krishan, Ethan and Isabel who were all keen to get involved in the project.

Mr Roper, Headteacher at Allerton Grange, said: ‘One of our school values is to ‘develop active citizens within the school community and beyond’. It is with this value in mind, that we welcome opportunities to support local community projects and organisations. Thus inspiring our students to have pride in where they live and to become actively involved in maintaining a pleasant environment for everyone.’

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