Seed bombing: creating wildlife corridors in schools



Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) is working with five schools in the city to help increase the diversity of green spaces in built-up areas, in order to encourage wildlife to thrive.

This project has been fortunate to receive £18,995 funding by Postcode Local Trust. Postcode Local Trust is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

PECT is working with students from five local schools to create wildlife corridors alongside fences and borders through seed bombing. This project will attract bees, birds and butterflies into predominantly urban environments, helping prevent the decline of wildlife.

These wildlife corridors will be located on or near school grounds and will be used to provide opportunities to learn about and connect with nature, benefiting up to 2,000 children and community members.

The schools that have been selected are Hampton Hargate Primary, Norwood Primary, Ravensthorpe Primary, Discovery Primary and Voyager Academy (with their shared fence line).

Students will be involved in the whole process, from designing the corridors, to creating and launching the seed bombs and maintaining and monitoring the corridors once they are established. The project will include creation of bird, bug, beastie homes, and hedgerow planting, as well as bird and bug surveys.

A seed bomb is a little ball made up of compost, clay and seeds that is thrown into areas that could benefit from wildflowers. They are fun to make and even the youngest children can get involved.

This project is part of the environmental education that PECT helps facilitate throughout the city. PECT is leading the way nationally with its bespoke Eco Framework for Peterborough schools – embedding knowledge of sustainability issues into classes to inspire the next generation of forward-thinking students.

For more information please contact Jill Foster on 01733 866440 or email jill.foster@pect.org.uk.