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Toddlers Release Butterflies as Brampton Park Wildlife Garden Opens

Toddlers from the Giggles and Wiggles will join the Mayor of Newcastle, Cllr Simon White, and sponsors for the opening of a new wildlife garden and outdoor classroom in Brampton Park.

Children from the Brampton Park-based nursery joined council gardeners and staff from project sponsors, Brampton Recruitment, in the spring, to help plant out the wildlife garden.

The garden will be officially opened by the Borough Mayor at a wildlife event on 24 July (10.30am – 12.30pm). It is part of a series of initiatives, sponsored by local companies, as the Borough gears up for judging of the national Britain in Bloom finals in August.,  

The event, organised by Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, will include wildlife based activities such as pond dipping with Staffordshire Wildlife Trust and an educational session featuring the newly carved ‘Bee Tree’ wooden sculpture, which depicts the life cycle of the bee. 

The children will also release butterflies into the garden which they have raised from caterpillar larvae. They will record their sightings and forward the data to Butterfly Conservation as part of the Big Butterfly Count, a national project which runs from 14 July to 6 August. 

Pupils from St Saviour’s Primary School, Talke, have also been nurturing caterpillars as they prepare for the Big Butterfly Count. Earlier this year. in an initiative supported by Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, school children helped to transform a tired area of land at Butt Lane Community Centre into a garden.

Children and residents will meet at Butt Lane Community Centre on Monday, 17 July, to release butterflies.