Wayland Academy joined the school tree nursery project in 2012, and have now participated in outplanting trees to their local community. Read more about their experience with ERS:
Our 50 trees (25 small leaved lime and 25 mountain ash) have been growing strongly in our tree nursery; a designated raised bed used just for saplings. We’ve been delighted with how they developed and we’ve now replanted them. We are a high school in rural Norfolk and we have 7 feeder primary schools in our cluster, we offered trees to all of them and had 2 schools take up the offer, at Thompson and Great Hockham. At Great Hockham, each class is going to be responsible for a tree, they will plant it and care for it in the school grounds. At Thompson the trees are being cared for and planted by their gardening club. We have also offered trees to the local Parish Council at Great Hockham, they are taking some limes which will be planted along the sides of the village playing field. Other trees will be planted here at Wayland Academy, we have a newly built skills centre and the tutors have requested trees for this area, we run a BTEC Horticulture group here at the school and this group will plant these trees. All in all a varied group of children will be involved in planting and caring for the trees in the future. The children worked on digging the trees out and potting on too.
Being part of the Earth Restoration Service STN programme has been very simple, and it’s been a great opportunity and learning experience for our students here. I have recommended your programme to other schools and will continue to do so.