Primary school children plant trees during lockdown

A protective sleeve is placed around a newly planted tree at Holy Cross Primary School, Uckfield.

Children from Holy Cross Primary School have been planting trees during lockdown. 

They were joined by Forest school teacher Steve Tilling and the Uckfield Ranger Neal Matheson, to plant 16 saplings in the school grounds. 

Neal explained the principles of tree planting and brought along some fungal material and compost to add to woodland soil collected by the children to improve the soil on the school field.

Sixteen trees have been planted in the grounds of Holy Cross school during lockdown.

The children, who carried on at school during the lockdown as their parents were key workers, decided where they wanted their trees to be, dug holes and planted them, along with a wish or prayer written on paper birch buried in the soil.

They labelled the six different species of tree – Dogwood, Bird Cherry, Lime, Douglas Fir, Beech and Hawthorn – with their names and protected them from the wind and animals with a plastic sleeve, held in place with a stake, that was hammered in on the South West side, the main direction of the wind. 

The forest school group gathered at the end of the session to wish for the children’s trees to grow big and strong so they can be enjoyed in the future.

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