Volunteers turn out to help a to school plant its own wood

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They needed a lot of help for a tree planting at Abbots Green Primary school on Saturday.

For instead of planting one tree to mark an event, they were planting a small woodland of 142 young trees.

The Bury St Edmunds school already takes part in the Forest Schools initiative, where pupils look and learn in a local wood, but the idea is to create their own wood for future pupils to do the same in.

Nic Hubbard, the school’s business development manager, said: “The idea is that we’ll create a footpath through the trees so the children will be able to wander through them in a safe environment.”

They were given 105 trees by the Woodland Trust, including a royal sapling grown from a tree on a royal estate to mark the Queen’s jubilee.

Another 37 trees were donated by Waitrose whose parent company, the John Lewis Partnership, marked its 75th anniversary by giving staff at all its stores trees for the community grown in its own Longstock Park Nursery in Hampshire.

The school invited families along to plant ‘their’ trees, which will be recorded in an artwork by the pupils, and were helped by volunteers from Waitrose in Bury, the USAF, Bury Society and others.

Mrs Hubbard said: “I’d like to thank all the families and volunteers. It was terrible weather, pouring with rain and cold, so we’re very grateful. We had soup and rolls to warm them up.”