Tilhill Forestry, November, 2019

Students Plant 200 Trees and Learn Forestry Skills for National Tree Week

Hugh Christie Year 8 students, National Tree Week

Students Plant 200 Trees and Learn Forestry Skills for National Tree Week

Tilhill Forestry supported Hugh Christie Secondary School for an excellent day of tree planting as part of the schools Year Eight students Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) day and to celebrate the start of National Tree Week with a focus on volunteering and careers. Two hundred trees of various species were supplied through local charity Trees of Love and planted by each student.

Georgina Thomas on behalf of Tilhill Forestry led the tree planting that took place within the school grounds where each student was able to plant a tree using Georgina’s advice and guidance, she also led multiple classroom sessions on volunteering and how it can lead to a career in forestry and land-based jobs.

Georgina said: “I am thrilled to have been a part of such a rewarding day of tree planting and learning. Although the students have a few years to go before applying for a job in the sector, it’s important to start thinking about potential careers for their future. It is also great to see, with the pressures of climate change the students engaging in activities that have such great importance to our planet.”

Hugh Christie Careers Co-Ordinator Lisa Homewood said: “This has been a fantastic experience for our students. Not only have they been able to learn about land-based careers and the value of voluntary work, we have been able to capture their imagination by planting 200 trees on the school field, enabling them to make their own long-lasting impact on the environment and their surroundings. As one student said when discussing conservation and the reason we were planting the trees...’We must take control of our future’.

It was a muddy, wet day but we did not allow the weather to dampen our enthusiasm. Thank you to everyone involved.”

Hugh Christie’s Executive Principal Jon Barker. Said: “Tree planting is an excellent investment in the future. Not only will it enhance the local environment but it may also spark a future interest in gardening, forestry and horticulture amongst some of the students.”

The two hundred trees will be maintained by the ground’s men with an opportunity for pupils to monitor their growth and progress and perhaps build on their newly found forestry skills during tree planting season at the same time next year.