Pupils to plant 350 trees in commemorative scheme

A secondary school in Derbyshire is carrying out a planting project as part of a series of environmental events to mark the centenary of the First World War.

National green services provider Glendale will help pupils at Belper School and Sixth Form Centre to plant 350 whips, or young tree saplings, in order to create a scheme which displays wild harvest, wildwood and year-round colour. The project is due to begin Wednesday, March 11.

The trees have been donated by The Woodland Trust as part of its Free Trees initiative, in which around three million trees will be given to schools and community groups to plant over the next four years.

The trees will act as lasting memorials for those involved in or affected by the conflict, 100 years on since the First World War began in 1914.

Andy Trott, contract manager at Glendale, said: “Community projects are a core part of the work Glendale does and it’s great to be involved in a scheme which will create a legacy for future generations while acting as a poignant tribute to those affected by the war.

“It will be a brilliant experience for pupils, who will be able to see the results of their efforts in years to come.

“Trees have a range of benefits for the environment, they enhance the landscape and attract wildlife as well as helping to create more attractive outdoor spaces for communities to enjoy.

Glendale also carries out grounds maintenance at the school, providing grass cutting, sports pitch marking and shrub work among other services.

The company is celebrating 25 years of service delivery this year and will be marking the anniversary with a series of events and community engagement projects.


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