The Year 7 students have been planting in the grounds of Brooke Weston as part of this year’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Trees were donated by the Woodland Trust under its Jubilee Woods project which aims to see 6 million planted around the country this year.
Brooke Weston’s conservation initiative has been running for the past six years with each successive cohort of Year 7s planting species of trees in the grounds. This has ranged from flowering cherries, ash and oaks high on the slope to the mainly hedgerow species such as holly, hawthorn, hazel, dogwood and dog rose that the students planted this year nearer to the access road.
Groundsman Paul Twamley gave students a talk about the site before they headed out with trainers and spades to make their own mark on the grounds. He said: ‘The weather has been spot on and the students seem to be enjoying it. It is nice because the students will remember that they planted these to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee and they will be here for years.'
The tree planting took place in four sessions over the week. Pino Geranio, Oliver Dickerson and Sebastian Buizza worked together. Pino said: ‘We are planting hazel. It has been a real experience, we have enjoyed planting and it is good to be active and outdoors.’
Teacher Mrs Watts, who was also supervising said: ‘It is great to think that these plants are going to be here for many years to come and every student in Year 7 has had a positive impact on our local environment.’