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Students help Hingham school's forest programme grow

PUBLISHED: 10:51 28 February 2017 | UPDATED: 15:42 28 February 2017

Students and lecturers from Easton and Otley College joined populs from Hingham Primary School for a tree planting day. Picture: HINGHAM PRIMARY SCHOOL

Students and lecturers from Easton and Otley College joined populs from Hingham Primary School for a tree planting day. Picture: HINGHAM PRIMARY SCHOOL

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A group of college students have helped a primary school get back to nature by planting a copse of trees on their grounds.

Giles Davis, associate lecturer at Easton and Otley College, plants a tree with three pupils from Hingham Primary. Picture: HINGHAM PRIMARY SCHOOLGiles Davis, associate lecturer at Easton and Otley College, plants a tree with three pupils from Hingham Primary. Picture: HINGHAM PRIMARY SCHOOL

Six students and two lecturers from Easton and Otley College’s arboriculture department visited Hingham Primary School for the planting, which saw the school’s young pupils work with the older students to plant 30 silver birch, rowan and wild cherry trees.

The trees had been donated as part of the Woodland Trust’s ‘free tree packs’ for schools and communities.

Sabina Khanam, teacher and leader of Hingham Primary’s forest school programme, said: “We’re hugely grateful to the students and staff of Easton and Otley College who have volunteered their time and expertise to support us.

“It’s a big step for the school and we can’t wait to get started on our journey to becoming a forest school. The school is in a rural area and we want our pupils to understand the major role that the natural environment plays in all our lives.”

Miss Khanam said the school’s forest school programme aimed to help children to develop confidence, independence and self-esteem in a natural environment.
Alfie Fox, a Year 3 pupil, said he thought the programme was a great idea. 
He said: “Forest school is really exciting. I’m so excited about forest school taking place in our school.”

Gareth Catchpole, student representative from Easton and Otley College said: “It ticks all the boxes for us. It allowed us to plant trees, help the environment, and give Hingham Primary School a new woodland garden, to give the children a new area to grow and develop healthy and happy.”

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