JUNIOR school youngsters have been helping to plant “vibrant” wildflower meadows at Poole’s Hamworthy Park.

Ten members of Hamworthy Park Junior School’s Year 5 and 6 joined forces with The Friends of Hamworthy Park to prepare the areas, which are located at the edge of the popular park alongside the fence lining the railway line.

The pupils started sowing a range of seeds earlier this month, including oxeye daisy, cowslip, yellow rattle, poppies and blue cornflower. All going well, the flowers will start to bloom in a couple of months.

Cllr Xena Dion, borough portfolio holder for a prosperous and sustainable Poole, said: “We should all be really concerned at the widespread loss of habitat across the borough, through various reasons, and the more we can do to increase our natural environment and support wildlife the better the future will be.

“This is one of the reasons why this project is so fantastic.

“We are delighted to have the brilliant support and involvement of The Friends of Hamworthy Park and Hamworthy Park Junior School.

“The park will soon benefit from vibrant displays of wildflowers and additional wildlife interest for all our budding David Attenborough’s to enjoy.”

Hamworthy Park Junior School deputy headteacher James Lumber said the school was pleased to be involved in improving the park.

“It is a fantastic space and one that is essential to our local community,” he said. “It is great that the children have had the opportunity to contribute towards its improvement and we hope that we can continue to be involved in the future.”

Ward councillor Charmaine Parkinson said she’d encourage everyone to visit Hamworthy Park to “see what can be achieved when everyone works together”.