Creating a buzz in school grounds

It is hoped the donation will help raise awareness of biodiversity and support pollinators.

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School pupils across Argyll and Bute will be getting up close and personal with nature this summer as a result of a kind donation of flower seeds from the directors of Slange Var, an award-winning non-alcoholic drink.

Company founder, Sarah Dougan, lives in Argyll and offered the seeds to schools in the area to encourage and enhance biodiversity in school grounds.

The bee, bird and butterfly and wet meadow mixes were sent out by Scotia Seeds Ltd and will be sown by pupils over the next few weeks.

Argyll and Bute Council’s policy lead for education Councillor Yvonne McNeilly said: ‘These seeds are a wonderful educational resource and will benefit our young people in a number of ways.

‘Not only will they help build on our existing work around the importance of biodiversity, but they will support our outdoor learning activities and provide a beautiful pop of colour to our school grounds. Thank you to Slange Var for this kind donation.’

Ms Dougan said: ‘Slange Var supports seed-planting projects in Scotland and overseas to combat climate change. I’m delighted to be working with the council’s biodiversity team and schools across Argyll and Bute to help raise awareness of biodiversity and support pollinators.’