Pupils from St John the Evangelist C of E Primary School planted pollinators to create new wildflower meadows in Carterton.

Thirty six pupils chosen by their classmates for being a ‘kind person’ and a role model took part in the wildflower planting on Trefoil Way in Shilton Park.

The wildflower seed mix of oxeye daisies, red campion, cowslip and yellow rattle, will provide new areas for bees and beetles to forage for nectar and pollen.

West Oxfordshire District Council's biodiversity and countryside land management officer Rachel Crookes helped students spread seeds across the newly rotovated areas and stomp them in while older pupils helped put up a sign and water the seeds.

Deputy headteacher Marie Wargent said: “Although the results will not be immediate but will take several years to become really established, over time the children will have the chance to see the wildflowers flourish and know they have had a positive impact on their local environment.”

Over a hectare of wildflower areas are being created across council-owned estates in Witney, Carterton and Chipping Norton.

Cllr Martin McBride, chairman of the council and environment committee member, said: "The children were a fantastic help.”