140 new trees planted

 

Every child in school has helped to improve the school grounds by planting a tree. Classes 1, 3 and 4 have planted a screen of trees around our new outside worship area to create an intimate outdoor space suitable for reflection and prayer, while Class 2 planted semicircles of trees on the school field to create shade glades ready for those long, hot summer lunchtimes that we are all looking forward to. The children also planted trees in the Forest School area to replace trees that had previously died and extend this very small area of woodland.

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The young saplings were provided by The Woodland Trust as part of its free tree pack scheme that aims to help schools and local community groups improve their local environment and increase woodland coverage in the UK.

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The seven different varieties planted at Hartpury, hazel, blackthorn, elder, dog rose, crab apple, rowan and silver birch, will provide a wild harvest of nuts and berries for birds and small mammals  as well as creating a habitat for a wide range of organisms, and some beautiful blossom and autumn colour for us all to enjoy.

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The children really enjoyed planting their saplings and are looking forward to watching them grow, but they all agreed that it was very hard work digging planting holes in the heavy clay soil!

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