A tree for every child

Tree planting is continuing around school thanks to the Woodland Trust’s Free Trees for Schools initiative. 

Junior School’s Forest School Coordinator, Mr Duncalf, applied for 420 trees from the Woodland Trust and was delighted when he was successful. 

He said: “We applied for a Wildlife Tree pack, which means that we will be planting a variety of indigenous species, including Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Rowen, Silver Birch, Hazel and Oak that will provide food and shelter for wildlife for many, many years.”

The planting began in earnest on 15 March with J1 and Infant 2 classes digging deep, carefully placing the saplings in the ground and ensuring that they were protected with spiral guards. 

Mr Duncalf continued: “Every child in Infant 2 and Junior School will plant one tree each, and we are asking them to give their tree a name. 

“The trees are mostly being planted around the edge of the Junior School football pitches, so the children will be able to see them grow.”

The planting will continue in Junior School over the next week and once each child has planted their tree, the additional saplings will be planted during Forest School sessions and by members of staff. 

Mr Duncalf hopes to make another application next year for trees for the Senior School. 

Click on the image below for a gallery of images from the day: