Low Port Pupils Help to Create
Wild Flower Garden
Learmonth Wild Garden – behind the Doocot
In October 2017, in conjunction with Buglife and Burgh Beautiful, 27 (P4) and 19 (P5) pupils from Linlithgow’s Low Port Primary planted about 500 wildflowers plugs. These were put in the two sections immediately below the Doocot, to the left and right of the steps.
They included the following species:
Ox-eye Daisy, Lady’s Bedstraw, Common Knapweed, Red Campion, Field Scabious, Foxglove, Meadow Cranesbill, Self Heal, Meadow Vetchling, Bird’s-foot-trefoil, Red Clover and Wild Carrot.
In May 2018 a substantial number were identified as having grown successfully. These included Honesty (purple), Cow Parsley, Ox-eye Daisy, Self Heal and Ground Elder in the furthest south west corner. Alas, later in the month this planted area was inadvertently mown hard and little was left obvious.
In the lower section towards the railway line the following were left unscathed:
Buttercups, St John’s Wort, Bluebell, Foxglove, Yarrow, Cranesbill, Red Campion, Pignut, Knapweed, Meadow Sweet, Thistle and less desirable: Bramble, Nettle, Dock, Rosebay Willowherb and Dandelion.
Undeterred by the unfortunate mowing incident, on the 4th of June the children return to try and restore some flowers by planting up the north-east section, once a number of Buttercups and Dock were removed. The plants used were generously donated by Torwood Garden Centre, Bellsdyke Road, Larbert FK5 4EG.
These included: Lady’s Bedstraw, Salad Burnett, Field Scabious, Teasel, Red Campion, Common Sorrel, Common Knapweed and Greater Knapweed.
Thank you to the Low Port pupils, teachers and helpers on the day and to Torwood Garden Centre for making it all possible. Go along to Learmonth Park to see the fabulous wild flower garden that the pupils created.
Here are some photographs of the enthusiastic helpers from Low Port Primary School -
....and here is the new sign to help protect the wild flowers from not only feet, but mowers -