Posted: Monday 19th March 2018
Sandringham School pupils among around 45,000 volunteers from Hertfordshire involved in 10 year Heartwood Forest planting project
Last Thursday, 16 March, pupils from Sandringham School met Baroness Barbara Young, the chair of the Woodland Trust and Councillor Terry Douris, the Cabinet Member for Education at Hertfordshire County Council during a planting session at the Heartwood Forest site in Sandridge to celebrate Science Week.
The pupils have been making pledges all week for each sapling they have planted in the new forest, which is set to be the biggest new native woodland in England, with 600,000 trees having been planted. Many school pupils from across Hertfordshire have been involved throughout the ten year project, which is due to finish at the end of the month.
Head Teacher of Sandringham Alan Gray said:
"It's fantastic to see so many of our pupils getting involved in such a worthwhile project. Not only does this teach them about the environment, but in today's society where everything they want can be attained at the touch of a button through a smart phone, it also teaches them that waiting a little longer to see a project through to fruition can be so rewarding. I hope that all our students will one day enjoy Heartwood Forest with their own families."
Councillor Terry Douris, Cabinet Member for Education at Hertfordshire County Council, said:
"I really enjoyed meeting the pupils and teachers from Sandringham School involved in this fantastic project. Not only is the finishing of this forest great news for those volunteers who have been involved for the last ten years, it is also a fantastic asset for Hertfordshire that will hopefully attract new visitors to the area and will be enjoyed by generations for years to come."
The official ceremony for the final planting of the forest, hosted by the Woodland Trust, will take place on the 25 March