In the Autumn term, every child in Mrs Poll’s Year 7 English class wrote a letter extolling the virtues of trees and tree planting to Mr. Searson. The aim of this correspondence was to develop their letter writing skills for Common Entrance, but also to persuade Mr. Searson to allow the School to make an application to The Woodland Trust for a donation of saplings that we could plant in the school grounds.
Today the children marched down to the Lower Field with spades in hand to plant the saplings that had arrived. With the help of Mr. Hale and Rob, the groundsman, the class planted over thirty saplings in a single lesson. If all goes well (and the badgers do not intervene), the school grounds will soon be enhanced by many beautiful native trees that include Field Maples, Silver Birches, Wild Cherries, Oak and Rowan trees. These were part of two tree packs donated by The Woodland Trust. In total we received 105 tree saplings (enough to fill four tennis courts) and 30 hedge saplings. 30 trees have been planted so far but there are many more to plant across the grounds.
The children have discovered the power of a letter to bring about change and the fun of planting trees. They all had a fantastic time grubbing around in the dirt, encountering the occasional worm, in the quest to leave a lasting legacy for the next generation of Beaudesertians.
“Until you dig a hole, you plant a tree, you water it and make it survive, you haven’t done a thing. You are just talking.” ― Wangari Maathai
Today, the team planted a wood; they were not just talking!