Cranbrook pupils plant pine tree in Great Trees project

PUBLISHED: 06:55 12 March 2018

Cllr Tom Wright (centre) with St Martin's school children as they plant the Monterey Pine. Picture: Contributed.

Cllr Tom Wright (centre) with St Martin's school children as they plant the Monterey Pine. Picture: Contributed.

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Cranbrook’s St Martin’s Primary School pupils have planted a Monterey Pine at the school to mark the start of their involvement in the Great Trees in the Clyst Valley project.

A gift from Clyst Honiton (the school’s old site), the pine was planted by students and East Devon District Council’s environment portfolio holder, Councillor Tom Wright.

“It’s important to get young people involved in projects like this to teach them about the vital role trees play in our environment,” said Cllr Wright.

“Later this year, children will be able to gather, plant and nurture seeds from local trees, and in a further two years, plant out those saplings to create a really great woodland heritage around Cranbrook for themselves and their children.”

The Great Trees project aims to increase the number of trees in Cranbrook and the surrounding parishes of the Clyst Valley.

The goal is to plant a new orchard, a new wood, restore 10 ha of parkland and protect 1,000 hedgerow saplings.

“As our climate is predicted to be hotter and drier in summer, we decided to put the tree in the corner of the sports field,” said Tania Beard, headteacher of St Martins C of E Primary School. “That’s because parents have raised the fact that there is little natural shade on the school site.

“This means there will eventually be more shade when the children are playing on the field in the summer months.”

Cranberries can become involved in the Great Trees project by attending an event at Killerton Park on Wednesday, March 14.

An exploration of ‘Lost Killerton and its Treescape’, it runs from 11am to 1pm.

There are limited places and booking is required.

To book, or for more information, email jon.freeman@eastdevon.gov.uk, or call 07875 285539.

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