December 17, 2017

Pupils at Dykehead Primary School plant saplings in their playground

Dykehead

Pupils at Dykehead Primary School were joined by friends and family to plant tree saplings in their playground.

Thirty pupils planted 60 trees and hedgerow saplings as part of a countrywide attempt to create greener spaces.

Over half a million native trees from the Alba Tree Nursery outside Edinburgh have been distributed throughout the UK this month – including 54,330 to Scottish schools and community groups.

This is The Woodland Trust’s single biggest distribution of free trees. The school also received help from the school’s parent and child gardening group ‘The Dykehead Diggers’, who recently won a Community Learning and Development award for partnership working.

The trees are being planted to develop an area to encourage wildlife into the school groups, and give the children a space to enjoy learning outdoors.

Acting headteacher Sara Perera said: “The day was great, we were so happy with how many friends and family came to help out.

“We feel strongly that the outdoors is a rich context for children’s learning across all areas of the curriculum.

“In planting these trees, pupils and parents today can enjoy this event together but we are also developing our school grounds for generations of pupils yet to come.

“They will be able to enjoy nature right outside their school and it also gives current students a chance to monitor the growth of the trees.

“Many thanks to our band of volunteer planters and to Woodland Trust Scotland for the free trees.”

The event was part of a mass countrywide tree planting organised by The Woodland Trust with support from Sainsbury’s, IKEA FAMILY, players of People’s Postcode Lottery and Yorkshire Tea.

Clara Govier, head of charities at People’s Postcode Lottery said: “We are delighted our players are backing this mass planting around the country, which does so much to enrich the environment and brings communities together to do something wonderful.”

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