young trees donated to Highbridge's Churchfield School
hundred young trees have been donated to Churchfield
Primary School in Highbridge this week.
Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre in Monkton Heathfield near
Bridgwater has donated the free saplings for the schools
Garden Club and Forest School pupils to plant on-site.
Margaret Micklewright, Forest School Leader at Churchfield Primary
School, said: "We are delighted to have received the saplings.
Our school occupies a wonderful new building that was completed
in July 2012, however in the course of the work, hedgerows and
trees were removed."
"Our Garden Club and Forest School participants are planting
the saplings to create new hedges around our restored pond and
Forest School area. We are hoping this will encourage wildlife
back to the site."
The garden centre runs the sapling giveaway scheme annually and
invites schools, charities and not-for-profit organisations to
Andrew Pitman, Plant Manager of the independent family-run garden
centre, explained: "We hold the sapling giveaway every year
and it has become extremely popular. We started the New Year by
setting aside 2,013 small sapling trees, which were allocated
on a first come, first served basis."
"The schools, community groups and charities that received
them were very appreciative and we were delighted to help them
by donating the saplings, which are ideal for hedging or creating
small woodland areas."
Pictured: (Back right) Margaret Micklewright, Forest School
Leader at Churchfield Primary School and (middle left to right)
Owen McDade, aged eight, 10-year-old Troy Woodey, (front left
to right) Rowan Knight, aged 10, and seven-year-old Tali Knight
collect their saplings from Fiona Smart, Head of Plants at Monkton