Pupils plant trees to invest in future

Pupils plant trees to invest in future
PUPILS at Hugh Christie Secondary School, who have planted 200 trees in the school grounds.

The project forms part of the Year Eight students’ Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE), with a focus on volunteering and careers.

The trees, which are a variety of species, were supplied by local charity Trees of Love, with Tilhill Forestry helping the young people to plant them.

School governor Georgina Thomas, a Conservative Councillor for Trench ward who works for Tilhill Forestry, was on hand to give advice.

She said: “I am thrilled to have been a part of such a rewarding day of tree planting and learning.

“Although the students have a few years to go before applying for a job in the sector, it’s important to start thinking about potential careers for their future.

“It is also great to see, with the pressures of climate change, the students engaging in activities that have such great importance to our planet.”

Ms Thomas also led classroom sessions with Andrew Fissenden, Director of Alternative Curriculum Provision at Hugh Christie’s Lighthouse Project, on volunteering and how it can lead to a career in forestry and land-based jobs.

The school’s Careers Co-ordinator, Lisa Homewood, said: “This has been a fantastic experience for our students.

“Not only have they been able to learn about land-based careers and the value of voluntary work, we have been able to capture their imagination by planting 200 trees on the school field, enabling them to make their own long-lasting impact on the environment and their surroundings.

“As one student said when discussing conservation and the reason we were planting the trees: ’We must take control of our future’.”

Hugh Christie’s Executive Principal Jon Barker added: “Tree planting is an excellent investment in the future. Not only will it enhance the local environment but it may also spark a future interest in gardening and horticulture amongst some of the students.”

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