A team of enthusiastic young Swanage schoolchildren descended on Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Townsend nature reserve this spring, on a mission to clear the site of unwanted and unsightly litter in time for the flowering of rare orchids.
Townsend nature reserve, at the top of Panorama Road in Swanage, is a haven for wildlife and supports a wide variety of plants and animals. As a former Purbeck stone quarry site, the reserve is also of great local history interest.
Pupils and staff of St Marks School, Bell Street, Swanage, collected hundreds of items of litter and filled eight large bin bags with rubbish, which included paper, polythene, glass and plastic bottles.
Brian Bleese, Dorset Wildlife Trust Director of Operations, said: “It’s wonderful to see young people taking such a pride in their local natural environment. The children worked so hard and have give Townsend nature reserve a real facelift.”
St Mark’s School is keen to develop a sense of community responsibility amongst its pupils. Head Teacher Helen Armstrong said: “We are very pleased to work with Dorset Wildlife Trust and give our young people an opportunity to make a real difference to their local environment.
Townsend is the only Dorset Wildlife Trust reserve where you can see the rare early spider orchid, the charity’s emblem. The orchids thrive on the Purbeck cliffs and flower in late April, with the first ones already appearing this year.
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For more information please contact Nicky Hoar at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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