Planting to Protect
Friday, 18 March 2016
Green-fingered pupils and staff at Monkton Senior School recently planted over 400 trees on the School’s land. The initiative was organised by the School’s environmental group, Sustainability At Monkton - or SAM - and is part of The Woodland Trust’s plant a tree scheme.
Principal Chris Wheeler joined pupils and staff to plant the trees on Coates Field, a piece of land just off Brassknocker Hill which forms part of the school’s 50 acre grounds. With the aim of getting every pupil to take part in the planting, the motto for the afternoon was ‘one pupil, one tree, keep planting.’ It worked as 400 pupils and staff planted 420 rowan, silver birch, oak and field maple trees in just under two hours. The pupils on the SAM Committee wanted as many people as possible to be involved in the planting to encourage a sense of ownership of the trees.
Mr Wheeler commented, “ I wholeheartedly congratulate our pupils on their involvement with the Woodland Trust’s scheme to improve our local environment. We hope that Coates Field will become an area that our pupils come to on a regular basis not only to check on the progress of the trees they have planted but also to enjoy the magnificent views across the valley. “