Last winter, children from the year 4 class at Comberbach Primary School planted young trees in The Big Wood, Marbury Country Park. Now the sun is shining they've returned to see how the saplings are growing.
The children were excited to see how their trees were thriving and to see the seasonal changes to the wood since they last visited - it had truly sprung to life! The whole class enthusiastically completed a tree health check and identified the trees using the leaves and ID guides with Steph, Trees for Learning Project Officer at The Mersey Forest. The group then took part in bird watching and minibeast hunting with Dave James.
The tree planting and follow-up visit were provided by The Mersey Forest through the Trees for Learning
project, funded by DEFRA. Additional support was given by Dave James, the volunteers and the members of FoAM. The Trees for Learning project has helped primary school children from across The Mersey Forest plant over 27,000 trees last winter. The trees have been planted in school grounds and parks to enhance the natural environment, help children to learn about trees and enhance outdoor learning opportunities.
In Marbury, the trees were planted in an area of The Big Wood where a large beech tree had been felled. In time, the gap in the canopy will be filled with a mix of native trees, all planted with care and attention by the team from Comberbach Primary School. It's a legacy for the community and something that the children can feel really proud to be part of.
Many of the children have already brought their families to visit the trees, and we're sure they'll return over the years to watch the trees grow…after all, they are their trees!
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