A local primary school has got green-fingered after they planted a number of Christmas trees donated to them.Advertisement
Sherwood Primary School in Fulwood were given the surplus SPAR fir trees by James Hall & Co.
Children at the school jumped at the opportunity to add the trees to the school grounds after a number of trees on the site were lost to Ash dieback.
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Sherwood Primary School gained its Forest School status three years ago and places a real emphasis on outdoor learning.
Work is underway across the school grounds to improve the environment and education of pupils.
Zakariyya Adam, a year five pupil said: “Planting trees helps the environment, and helps everything in that environment from animals to bugs.
“We have a lot of trees at home as well, and we grow fruit including strawberries. I like the satisfaction of seeing it grow.”
Freya Houghton, also a Year 5 pupil, said: “I wanted to be involved in planting the trees as I love the outdoors and I help plant flowers in the garden at my grandad’s. It’s fun and I find it a good way to relax.
“It is also a nice feeling when you have finished and you see all the colour.”
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Year 5 teacher and Forest School Leader, Michael Stanton, said: “We’re grateful to SPAR and James Hall & Co. Ltd for the donation of Christmas Trees and they will go a long way to enhancing the school surroundings after the recent loss of some of our Ash trees.
“As a country, we don’t look after nature as much as we ought to, and our children are spending less and less time in the outdoors.
“Here at Sherwood, we have dedicated days of education in the outdoors for skills development to improve this. This is boosted further as the outdoors runs as a theme across all curriculum areas, and we also have our extracurricular school Eco Club.”
Tom Murphy, Marketing Manager at James Hall & Co. Ltd, said: “It’s fantastic to see the children at Sherwood are so aware of the environment around them and that they were so keen to help with the digging and planting of the Christmas Trees.
“Nurturing our neighbourhoods and being passionate about local are two of SPAR’s brand pillars, so I am delighted that we have been able to support Sherwood Primary School’s green agenda.”
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