Tree delivery and planting at Warden Park Academy, November 2021
As many of you will already know with the help of students volunteers and supporters we have finally acquired and planted the majority of trees as detailed in the plan for the school grounds. On the 19th the November the students were out in force under the guidance of Mr Ben Woods moving potted trees into position, as well as mulch, posts and tree tries into place ready for the planting. Many students then got straight to work planting the silver birches and lime trees on the school grounds. One of the students, Caleb Mohammed wrote a review about his experience which you can read on our blog page here: https://treeactionuk.org/caleb-mohammed-a-student-of-warden-park-academy-writes-a-review-on-the-tree-planting-event/https://treeactionuk.org/caleb-mohammed-a-student-of-warden-park-academy-writes-a-review-on-the-tree-planting-event/
It was a great effort by all the students, and I noted how one student came to the realisation that the pear trees would actually grow real pears! Connecting students with how the natural world works so they can be our eco-ambassodors of the future is vital work.
Almost all the fruit trees were planted with the help of some of the projects tree Sponsors who were able to plant their dedicated trees on 20th November .These included 94 year old Mrs Ernestine ‘Tina’ Owens who has been an active supporter of the Cuckfield community for many years. She is an avid gardener and her son went to the school in the 1960’s. A TreeAction Certificate of Dedication and the Cherry tree Tina chose on site were a present from her grandson, Gary Owens. Below are some photos of the cherry, pear and apple tree planting taken on that day.
We realised a week in advance that there was a fairly high risk of deer wandering onto the site and eating the fruit trees, so we also ordered a 6ft deer fence to be erected around all the fruit trees which Ben and some of the students were involved in putting up. These could in time be converted into individual tree guards if and when the school decide to do this. They can then be removed after a few years.
A few of the hazel and beech trees remain to be planted and this will be co-ordinated by Ben Woods and the students.
The next steps are the ongoing maintenance of the trees to ensure they are well established i.e. weeding, watering , mulching, and I am sending a draft maintenance plan to Ben. The idea is that the students can get as involved in this as much as possible, giving them opportunities to connect with and take responsibility for their local environment as part of their school week.
Some of you also ordered " Tea and Cake and Tour of the Tree Planting Sites" as one of the crowdfunding rewards and you have not been forgotten! We will confirm with you directly the date for this event once agreed with the school.
I'd like to mention we are looking for regular supporters for TreeAction so we can deliver tree planting and maintenance projects for other schools in Sussex. I am increasingly made aware the schools do not have the time or resources to develop tree planting and outdoor learning opportunities for students and need support. If you are able to support our work in any way or have any questions about future projects please contact me directly - [email protected] Anyone can set up a regular or one-off donation via the website at : https://treeactionuk.org/donate/
Thanks again to all of you for helping to make this project happen, for the students and the environment, and may I take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy New Year!
TreeAction UK CIC
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