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    Community tree planting event at St Bartholomew’s School

    ST Bartholomew’s First School in Crewkerne threw open its doors to a number of valued members of the community for a tree planting day last week.

    The school welcomed dozens of visitors to the event on Friday, which was formally opened by town crier David Craner.

    The event was organised by the Friends of the School Association following a donation of some fruit trees from the Woodland Trust.

    Local community groups, vicars, vets, teachers, carers and even Father Christmas attended with shovels and spades to plant the trees which will bare fruit for the pupils to eat.

    The plants will be looked after by the school’s eco council which cares for the environment, grows vegetables, recycles and composts throughout the year.

    A special spade with a green ribbon was handed to mayor of Crewkerne Robin Pailthorpe to plant the first tree.

    David Carter, head teacher at the Kit Hill school, welcomed visitors in the school hall before parading outside where the town crier began the planting ceremony.

    Mr Carter said: “We had kindly been donated some fruit trees from our Friends of the School Association through the Woodland Trust.

    “We thought it would be a wonderful opportunity to hold a special day to plant the trees and invite members of the community from organisations that the school has strong links with to cement our friendships.

    “The school has a very active and purposeful children’s eco council and they have really enjoyed being involved in the whole day.

    “They are proud of the gardening, tidying and recycling jobs that they do and the compost used for the tree planting day was made by the eco-council.”

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