Brooklands children celebrate National Tree Week

Mon 12 Dec 2011

Children from Brooklands Farm Primary School in Milton Keynes have been learning all about native British trees right on their own doorstep.  The youngsters were given a guided tour of the multi- award winning Brooklands Ridge as part of National Tree Week.

More than 13,000 trees have been planted so far on the three and a half kilometre long earth bund which screens the new Brooklands development from the neighbouring M1 motorway.  Special care was taken to select a healthy mixture of native plants and trees as they might appear in nature.  Pine plantations, birch and native oak stand alongside ash-maple mixes, shrub coppices and fruiting trees.  

The children were shown the trees and had their habitat and planting explained to them by developers, Places for People’s Badj Rahman.  Badj says:  “It was great to see how interested the children were in their environment and how keen they are to understand why we have planted what we have and where.  It’s lovely to think that one day they might be able to bring their own children or grandchildren here, by which time they’ll be surrounded by a beautiful, mature woodland.”

Sally Esom, Deputy Head at Brooklands Farm Primary School: "This was an amazing opportunity for our children to experience what is on their own doorstep and to understand that development is not just about building houses but is also about preserving and creating environments for animals to live in and for people to enjoy. We all learned a lot about the number and types of trees as well as all the animals we have living around us. We hope they will learn to look after and cherish this amazing place."

National Tree Week was begun by The Tree Council more than twenty-five years ago and estimates that during that time more than a quarter of a million people have been inspired to plant trees for themselves.

The Brooklands Farm Primary School children were not really thinking in such grand terms, but clearly had a lovely time, out of the classroom, learning about the trees they see every day, and might otherwise take for granted.

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