Young dig in to help woodlands project

Ready to plant: The tree planting teams
Ready to plant: The tree planting teams

Future generations will be able to enjoy woodlands planted by Garstang Community Academy pupils and children from Garstang Community Primary school.

As part of the BTEC horticulture course at the academy, pupils went to Cobble Hey Farm and Gardens and were involved in a community project which involved the Woodland Trust and Garstang Community Primary School.

Each academy student was partnered up with two Year 3 primary pupils. They planted oak, rowan and birch trees in an area near natural woodland which is part of the HLS scheme (Natural England – Higher Level Stewardship) for regeneration of natural woodlands.

The day was a big success, with enthusiasm shown by everyone – especially the primary pupils who were very competitive in the quantity they planted.

Laurence Seddon, primary school Class 5 teacher, said: “I was really proud of the enthusiasm my class showed when planting the trees.

“We are very involved with planting hedges and trees at our own school, including the development of a sensory garden, and this was a natural extension into our community.

“I would also like to commend the way the Year 10 GCA students worked co-operatively with my seven and eight-year-olds. It was an exciting afternoon.”