Hands up for nature reserve with planting

Fairburn Ings
Fairburn Ings

Volunteers are needed to give a big hand to help RSPB Fairburn Ings in a new major planting project which takes place next week.

Yorkshire Water is appealing for people to get involved to help plant 3,000 native flowers in the shape of a giant hand at the Castleford reserve on Friday April 12 between 10am and 3pm.

The blooming hand is being created to mark the launch of the company’s Hands Up initiative, which will see Yorkshire Water employees working with communities on projects like habitat creation and restoration.

Anne Reed, of Yorkshire Water, said: “As it’s the Easter holidays we know people will be looking for fun and free things to do with the family, so what better than to come along and be part of our Big Hand plant?

“We’ve got some big plans to help revitalise green spaces, starting with Fairburn Ings. We’re also going to be working hard to educate everyone about the value of water and how they can protect what is a vital source.”

When complete, the Big Hand plant will help increase the biodiversity of plants at the reserve, with species like cornflower, field forget-me-not, meadow cranesbill and field scabacious plugs all planted, to help attract more insects.

On the day there will also be family activities, including face painting and balloon sculpting, as well as refreshments and a free seedbomb and planting seedpaper stencil. Visit www.yorkshirewater.com/handsup to book a place.