Primary pupils muck in with new drought garden

Buckden Primary School pupils at Grafham Water

Buckden Primary School pupils at Grafham Water - Credit: Archant

Pupils from Buckden Primary School breathed new life into Grafham Water’s drought garden as part of National Gardening Week.

During the activity day students planted lavender at Anglian Water’s existing drought garden but also made hotels for bugs from recycled plastic bottles and acorns and created bee decorations to take home.

Angela Tarry, Anglian Water’s park manager at Grafham Water said: “We set up the Grafham Water drought garden in 2012 with the help of the students from Hinchingbrooke College to show visitors how attractive and fragrant water efficient plants can be. The Buckden school children replanted sections of lavender and at the same time enjoyed a fun day of learning outside in the fresh air.

“The Grafham reservoir is brimming and our water supplies are in good shape but we all need to use water wisely whatever the weather brings and learning about water efficient plants is a great way to get the next generation involved.

“Ideally we need a group of dedicated volunteers to help keep the drought garden and wildlife area in tip top condition all year round, so we were talent spotting for any budding gardeners over the course of the day, and if anyone wants to volunteer we’d love them to get in touch.”

Anyone who is interested in becoming a drought garden volunteer can email Angela at: