Two Kirkby in Ashfield based schools have been making a difference to their local area by planting trees.
Annesley Primary School and Kirkby Woodhouse Primary School have both been working hard on environmental projects at Acacia Community Park in Annesley.
On Tuesday 13th March, Annesley Primary School pupils planted approximately 650 hedge plants native to Nottinghamshire thanks to a national tree-planting project.
Pupils from Kirkby Woodhouse Primary School’s council planted nine trees at the same site on Wednesday 14th March. The planting event was made possible by a £250 funding grant from Greenwood Community Tree Planting Grant Scheme 2017/18 with £850 match funding from s106 developer contributions from Ashfield District Council.
Pupils at both sessions were assisted by local volunteers and the Kirkby Area Team from the Waste and Environment Section at Ashfield District Council.
The Greenwood Community Forest, one of 12 Community forest initiatives in England, helped the schools to plan planting schemes and thanks to Defra funding through the Trees for Learning project, helped plant the hedgerow with local school children.
The hedge consists of native hawthorn; trees native to Nottinghamshire that not only make the landscape more attractive but also encourage wildlife to the area.
The Greenwood Team made the whole process easy by giving advice as well as planning the planting scheme, providing tools and materials and advising on long-term care.
Following the planting days, the Greenwood Team will revisit the schools to provide an education workshop with pupils based on the importance of trees to our urban areas.
Janet Lander, a teacher from Annesley Primary School said: “The children really enjoyed the planting activity and were fascinated when they realised that a hedge could begin with such small trees. Many of them use the park regularly and are looking forward to watching "their hedge" grow in the future. All of us at Annesley Primary School were delighted to be invited to join in this event and believe that this provided a purposeful "real life" experience for the children.”
Rachel Jones, Deputy Head Teacher at Kirkby Woodhouse Primary School, said: “Our School Council were delighted to be asked to support this local event. The trees that they helped plant will be of great benefit to the site and to the community. As a school, we always see the importance of working with our community and supporting events close to home.”
Nic Wort, Project Officer for Greenwood, said: “It has been a pleasure to work with the school. The whole process from planning through to planting has been a great experience. It is so important to connect children with the nature around them and this experience has really involved them in helping to improve their local park for future learning and the wider environment.”