Families from Abbey Gate College Infant and Junior School in the village of Aldford came together last week to plant 70 young trees to create a new forest trail for outdoor learning.
Families were invited to sponsor a tree and participate in a tree planting afternoon. Nine different native tree species including sweet cherry, downy and silver birch, field maple and hazel were planted in the beautiful school grounds by pupils, parents, teachers and governors.
Parents arrived with spades at the ready to plant their tree with the help of their children. Trees were tagged with a number and planted randomly so future generations are able to search for their family tree.
The trees were planted to enhance the current outdoor learning facilities which connect pupils to nature by providing rich learning experiences. During the afternoon pupils learnt the Latin name of their tree and will be involved in the maintenance and development of the forest trail over the coming years.
Headmistress, Marie Hickey said: “Pupils and their families will be encouraged to visit their trees and keep in touch with Abbey Gate College as they grow and progress through life. An enjoyable, educational and fulfilling afternoon was had by everyone.”