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Lochaber primary school, Bun-sgoil Ghàidhlig Loch Abar, was delighted in its successful application for 30 free trees from Woodland Trust Scotland.
The school’s ECO Committee are very proud to have 30 new saplings in their playground as part of a mass country-wide tree planting organised by the Woodland Trust, with support from Sainsbury’s, IKEA FAMILY, players of the People’s Postcode Lottery and Yorkshire Tea.
Sixteen pupils in the ECO Committee planted the trees, which included silver birch, wild cherry and rowan. The trees are part of the ECO Committee’s plan to create a haven for wildlife, as well as improve and develop the children’s outside environment.
John Joe MacNeil, head teacher, said: ‘We are very proud of our ECO Committee and all the great work they are doing to provide themselves and the rest of the school community with a wonderful, healthy and interesting outdoor space. We are very grateful to the Woodland Trust Scotland, as well as Rowan Doff from Nevis Landscape Partnership who are working with us to make this happen. This hands-on approach and interactive learning is a fantastic way to continue to develop the children’s interest in the environment and learn about its importance. They are learning about the positive impact they can have and the difference it can make to the world around them.’
Woodland Trust Scotland is sending more than 55,000 trees to more than 300 schools and community groups across Scotland.
Sanjay Singh, senior programmes manager at the People’s Postcode Lottery, said: ‘Bringing communities around the country by mass planting trees is a wonderful way to protect, enrich and enjoy the environment. I’d like to thank our players, many of whom are from the communities receiving trees. These initiatives simply would not be possible without them.’
Rowan Doff (centre) of Nevis Landscape Partnership gets ready to plant trees with the children of Bun-Sgoil Ghàidhlig Loch Abar. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, The Write Image. NO F12 School tree planting 01
Rowan Doff of Nevis Landscape Partnership helps Bun-Sgoil Ghàidhlig Loch Abar pupils Martha Kennedy, left, and Erin Starkie, plant trees around the school. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, The Write Image. NO F12 School tree planting 03