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Children plant new community woodland for outdoor classes

01 October 2013

Pupils and staff at Bradshaw Primary School have set the wheels in motion for a flourishing woodland to grow within their school grounds.


Over 500 trees have been planted in the school's grounds over the last year by pupils and staff. On 7 March 2013, the entire school got involved with the planting.


Staff at the school, in Grappenhall, hope that the woodland will one day be used for outdoor Forest School classes, and are planning to train as Forest School leaders.


The project was funded by the Big Tree Plant, and designed and coordinated by The Mersey Forest.


Jo Sayers, Community Development Officer at The Mersey Forest, said: "The woodland will provide a diverse range of habitats once it has matured – with a wetland area supported by dogwood and willow trees, and Scots pine and holly trees providing shelter and winter cover. These varied habitats can then be used for both teaching children about the local environment, and for Forest School classes."


The Big Tree Plant is a DEFRA campaign which aims to empower communities to plant 1 million trees by 2015. The Mersey Forest is one of its delivery partners.

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