Butterfly friendly garden is childs play thanks to Eco

Childs play: Children from Chewton Common Playgroup in Highcliff with the Eco soil donation and (left to right) Alison Brencher, Eco’s Office Manager; Helen Dow, Playgroup Owner/Manager, and Hannah Wickson, Pre-School Practitioner.

Creating a butterfly and bee friendly garden at a Dorset playgroup is proving to be childs play thanks to the generosity of an organics recycling firm.

Parley-based Eco Sustainable Solutions has donated two tonnes of its 10mm Super Soil, a 70/30 mix of soil and compost, to the Chewton Common Playgroup in Highcliffe.

It will be used by the group and its 90 children, aged three and four, to create pollination friendly tubs and planters.

Helen Dow, Owner and Manager of Chewton Common Playgroup, said: “This is an incredibly generous donation by Eco and we’re very grateful.

“The playgroup is taking part in a UK-wide initiative called Polli-Nation together with Bransgore Church of England School, Highcliffe St Mark Primary School and Highcliffe School.

“Apart from creating tubs and planters using the Eco soil and donated old tyres, we are encouraging parents to take home a planter and act as a guardian for pollinators.

“It’s a great initiative and the children will have a lot of fun planting out a range of flowers from primroses and buddleias to even fruit trees.”

Alison Brencher, Eco’s Office Manager, said: “We receive a lot of requests to donate soil and compost and always try to assist, wherever possible.

“The Polli-nation project struck us a particularly good cause and we were only too happy to help out.”

Note to journalists:

Eco Sustainable Solutions was founded in 1993 and now employs 34 people with an annual turnover of £12 million. The company, based at Parley in Dorset, annually processes 150,000 tonnes of material at Parley, the UK’s leading purpose-built site for organics recycling and renewable energy. End products include enriched topsoil, compost and woodchip. Eco currently handles 250,000 tonnes of organic material each year across four facilities, including its highly successful anaerobic digestion (AD) plant at Piddlehinton near Dorchester.

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