Every year, The Woodland Trust give away trees to schools and other organisations. Earlier in the year, we planted a wildlife hedge all along the new boundary of our WildLeaning Area. This hedgerow is already looking great and most plants are now well established and peeping out the top of their protective tubes!
We applied again, this summer, for another 420 trees… this time a Wildlife Harvest Collection…. all species that are berry-rich; Blackthorn, Dog Rose, Crab Apple and Elder.
Over the summer holidays, some huge Leylandii trees were taken down along the school boundary. This has left a rather bare and unattractive fence visible. We thought it would be a great idea to plant this fence with a hedgerow that would benefit the wildlife!
Today, several groups of children joined me when we planted as many of these trees as we could. With the morning pouring with rain, it was going to be perfect conditions for the trees as they need a good soak… but meant we all got rather wet… and rather muddy! My teams were extremely willing, extremely keen and very able! I dug all the holes and they went along, choosing a tree, pressing it into the ground, placing a cane next to it and then popping a plastic protective tube over the top.
The first team planted them along some bare fence areas in the WildLearning Area.
The second team planted aver 50 trees along one of the stretches of bare fence on the edge of the field where the Leylandii tree had been removed and the last team planted nearly 90 trees along the remaining stretch of bare fence!
All of the pupils involved were highly enthusiastic, often in difficult conditions and were very proud to have planted a hedge that could now be there certainly for many years to come. I told them that one day, when they are grown up, their children might come to the school and look at the stunning wildlife hedge. They would be able to tell their children that they had planted that!
A great time was had by all, with collecting and holding worms being very popular…. and there were some very muddy hands… and some muddy trousers. I apologise to all the parents who’s children arrived home tonight looking rather dirty… hopefully you felt a muddy pair of trousers was worth it for the wonderful work and experience the children had!
A massive thank you to The Woodland Trust for their great scheme that enables schools like us to benefit and for children to have a hands-on experience of creating a wildlife habitat.
To see all the photos from today, check out our Flickr set HERE