This spring, the environmental charity PECT is looking to transform school grounds across Peterborough by handing out 5,000 free seed bombs to the city’s primary and secondary schools.
Seed bombs are little balls made up of compost, clay and native wildflower seeds that are thrown on the ground to self-seed. By using these in school grounds across Peterborough, the charity aims to increase the biodiversity of the city’s urban environments.
“We’ve made up special kits for schools so that they can easily grow a variety of wildflowers to attract birds, bees, and butterflies – plus add a splash of colour to their outdoor spaces!” explains Heidi Latronico-Ferris, PECT’s Environmental Education Lead. “The added benefit of this initiative is that it will encourage local school children to learn about, connect with, and appreciate the nature on their doorstep.”
Over 3 million hectares of wildflower-rich grassland has been lost in England alone over the last 70 years, leading to a widespread decline in bees, moths, and insects. PECT aims to reverse the serious decline in pollinator numbers by creating a network of wildflower pathways, linking together existing habitats in the city.
Heidi continues: “In addition to the seed bombs, we have a number of mini learning kits available for registered home-schooling families too and can also provide e-learning resources too.”
PECT’s pollinator projects are supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, People’s Postcode Lottery, Viridor, Peterborough City Council and Buglife.
Please note: The deadline for schools to apply has now passed. If you have applied for seed bombs, the team will be in touch within the next two weeks.