What a fantastic week last week was! For one of our last big community planting sessions of the season, 50 corporate partner volunteers braced the wind, rain and snow to join us at Pinkwell Primary School in Hayes for three days, planting a tremendous 800 trees and hedgerow whips.
Pinkwell, sandwiched between Heathrow Airport and the M4, is an amazingly vibrant school, with over forty languages spoken by pupils, parents and staff. As one of our Young Tree Champions schools, we are thrilled to be working together on a multi-year plan for the school’s grounds to enable the whole school to achieve National Beacon School status. A key goal for the school is to create a woodland environment to allow pupils to grow deep rooted connections with each other and nature, to learn how to care for their trees and develop the skills and knowledge to inspire other schools to speak up for trees and nature.
Volunteers from ten corporate partners joined us throughout the week to get started on the long-term goal of planting a fence-line with evergreen hedgerows – reducing visibility into the school from the neighbouring footpath – and creating a woodland block (including secret curving path!) with an outdoor classroom enclosure. On day three, Tree Council volunteers were joined by Pinkwell pupils for an inter-generational planting day.
It was such a pleasure to receive feedback from volunteers, most of whom had not planted trees before, about how calm, connected and hopeful the experience made them feel. We’d like to say an enormous thank you from Team Tree Council and Pinkwell Primary School to volunteers from Network Rail, M&G, C Hoare & Co, Haysmacintyre, HGH Consulting, Kind & Co, LaSalle, NFU Mutual, Ground Control, and JGP Resourcing Ltd. Huge thanks also go to Network Rail for financially supporting this planting project through the Network Rail Southern Community Planting Programme, and M&G for their continued support of The Tree Council’s work with schools. Together, we are truly a force for nature!