School puts down roots for a special celebration

Pupils and staff from Dr Thomlinson Middle School, Rothbury along with new Rector Reverend Michael Boag;  recently joined forces with the Woodland Trust to plant a native hedgerow in their grounds.
Pupils and staff from Dr Thomlinson Middle School, Rothbury along with new Rector Reverend Michael Boag; recently joined forces with the Woodland Trust to plant a native hedgerow in their grounds.
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A NATIVE hedgerow has been planted in a north Northumberland school’s grounds to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Pupils and staff from Dr Thomlinson’s Middle School in Rothbury along with new Coquetdale rector Rev Michael Boag joined forces with the Woodland Trust to plant the trees and shrubs which are all native broadleaved and will hopefully be growing well into the next century.

It is part of the Woodland Trust’s More Trees, More Good campaign – the largest tree-planting mission the UK has seen.

“Launched in 2010, the project aims to facilitate the planting of 20 million native trees every year for the next 50 years.

Paul Bunton of the Woodland Trust said: “Even schools with quite small grounds will be able to accommodate one of our hedge or copse packs which can really help to inspire children to get in touch with nature and learn about the ecology of these wonderful habitats.

“For many of these children it has been the first time they have ever planted a tree.

“Educating children about the benefits of looking after our environment will help protect the forests of tomorrow.

“The More Trees, More Good campaign will hopefully make a lasting impact on the UK landscape – with the help of our young children.”

Heather Cape, headteacher at Dr Thomlinson, added: “We were delighted to join this campaign as it is a fantastic way to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, leaving a permanent legacy for generations of schoolchildren to come.”