Volunteer plea at Fairburn Ings

Planting of the 3,000 flowers at the giantr hand at Fairburn Ings Nature Reserve by Yorkshire Water and volunteers'Don and Gayle Brookes and son Ally, six of Garforth  planting flowers
Planting of the 3,000 flowers at the giantr hand at Fairburn Ings Nature Reserve by Yorkshire Water and volunteers'Don and Gayle Brookes and son Ally, six of Garforth planting flowers

Volunteers who are willing to get their hands dirty are needed to help create a new display of plants at Fairburn Ings nature reserve.

The RSPB has teamed up with Yorkshire Water to take part in their annual Hands Up initiative, to help boost bio-diversity and encourage wildlife.

Next month, volunteers can help plant more than 2,000 plug plants in the shape of a giant hand at the Castleford beauty spot.

Chris Woolner, RSPB visitor experience manager for the Aire Valley, said: “This event is a great opportunity for the local community to get involved and help us provide a home for wildlife on our nature reserve, as the flowers planted in the ‘big hand’ are wonderful at attracting all kinds of insects.”

Native plant species including meadow cranesbill and common heather have been chosen to help attract bumblebees, butterflies, moths and hoverflies, which are also a food source for birds and bats.

The seeds from the flowers will also provide food for wood mice and birds.

Anne Reed, of Yorkshire Water, said: “Last year we attracted over 150 people who were all willing to get their hands dirty by planting 3,500 native flowers. This year we want to build on that with a further 2,000 plug plants. We can’t do this on our own and really need volunteers to come down on the day and play their part.”

Volunteers are needed between 10am and 2pm on Saturday, April 5. For details visit yorkshirewater.com/handsup