ENTHUSIASTIC Year 6 pupils at Crescent School excitedly played their part in marking the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee by planting 30 trees in the school grounds.
The trees – including crab apples, willows, beeches, rowans and field maples – were planted at the Bilton school on Wednesday (March 9) as part of an expansion project of its forest school area.
The children have named the new area Jubilee Woods to mark the 70th anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne.
The planting was part of the Queen’s Green Canopy project to celebrate the jubilee and build a greener future.
Beckee Humphreys, Forest School Leader at Crescent School, said: “We invited the Year 6 children to plant the trees as a way to leave their legacy for the children who will come after them. The trees will provide shade and nature to explore in the years to come.
“The children really enjoyed planting the trees, commenting on the impact it will have on future generations and on the wildlife in the area.”
Beckee, who joined the school this year, said she was excited to be expanding the forest school programme and helping the children explore and connect with nature. Research has found that engaging in regular forest school sessions develops children’s resilience, wellbeing, confidence and physical development.
Headmaster Joe Thackway added: “The children were thrilled to be part of this national celebration. Planting trees for the Platinum Jubilee has been a great way for them to engage with the celebrations, while also learning about the importance of trees to the environment.
“We shall all enjoy watching the trees grow over the years to come.”