Tunstall has for the last couple of years taken part in the free trees for schools scheme run by the Woodland Trust. This year Mrs Walker managed to get more trees than ever.
We had decided this year that we needed to focus on hedging as a wind barrier against the existing fence and to create a copse. The copse will, in a few years, provide a shady area in the summer and an interesting habitat that can include bird boxes.
We were very lucky that Lewis McNeil from the Orchard Project came along to advise us where to locate the trees that we had been given. He spoke to the children prior to starting about all the benefits of trees, the different varieties and why we were planting the particular species.
So, on to the planting. We had some tools and the children were in pairs learning how to use the ‘pit’ method of planting. Even though some children had not remembered spare clothes, most did not mind getting a little muddy and everyone got stuck in with enthusiasm. It took us all afternoon but we did manage to complete the task before 3.30pm.
A huge thank you to the children for their great behaviour, the staff who came out to help and Mr Heather and Mr Richards for giving up their time.