Students from Astley Community High School have marked National Tree Week by planting two new trees in their local park, and putting up bird boxes that they have made to encourage more wildlife in the area.
Ten students from year nine at the school got involved in activities last week, which link to the work they have been doing in relation to nature and the environment at neighbouring Astley Park, Seaton Deleval.
The students were supported by teacher Mrs Carol Scott and learning support assistant Mrs Helen Fox. Mrs Scott said: “The students have really enjoyed these activities – getting a real appreciation of the natural world around them – and realising that improvements like this can be enjoyed for years to come by all of the local community.
“The school has had a link with the local park for a number of years and over the year they take part in many different activities, for example sanding and varnishing benches. They have recently designed anti-litter posters and are currently working on signs to go up in the park.
“As a member of the staff at Astley Community High School I am very proud of our students and the continued work they do, as well as the support I receive from school to achieve these goals.”
The school has signed up to the LOVE Northumberland campaign and is pledging to do further work to improve and enhance its local environment.
Councillor Alan Thompson is executive member responsible for parks at Northumberland County Council. He says: “Projects such as this are a real passion of mine – increasing the number of trees in the county in turn supports the biodiversity of our environment, making things better for everyone.
“I congratulate these young people for their efforts, and thank them for helping to improve our parks and open spaces. We are very keen to work with local communities to promote tree planting across Northumberland.”
During National Tree Week 2011, The Tree Council urged everyone who cares for their environment to take that step and put one tree – or more – in the ground.
The Tree Council has been highlighting the many benefits of trees, including reducing the adverse effects of weather and restoring natural landscapes, as well and making an area more pleasant to live in.
Pauline Buchanan-Black, Director-General of the Tree Council commented during National Tree Week that: “Every tree matters as much for the beauty, growth and renewal, whether in urban or rural settings, that it demonstrates year on year as for the very practical benefits it brings and the Council applauds the efforts of the people who have already this.”
The UK’s native trees also provide great habitats for wildlife the students are also hoping that their bird boxes will encourage more birds to thrive and survive in the area.
During National Tree Week a pre-school group from Seaton Delaval also planted some young sapling trees at Astley Park.