Planting a future at College

Kingston Maurward College has taken advantage of an ingenious scheme devised by the Woodland Trust to create more woodland in its call to ‘create a Charter for Trees, Woods and People that will redefine the relationship between trees and people in the UK for the future’.

Working with people, partners and organisations across the UK, the Woodland Trust has restored more than 10,000 hectares of woodland and planted thousands of woods and millions of trees over the past four decades.

As part of this crusade, Kingston Maurward applied for a 2015 Autumn Schools’ pack and planted 420 trees in its Sticklefords field in the north of the estate in November. The planting has been so successful that the College has had its application for an additional Autumn Schools’ Pack of another 420 trees approved for planting this November to further increase its contribution to the environment.

The College opted for the ‘Wildlife’ pack which comprised Hawthorn, Hazel, Rowan, Blackthorn, Oak and Silver Birch for their seeds, fruit and nuts vital for the survival of our native wildlife. The Silver Birch will provide a nurse crop to the others, and all will take 3-4 years’ growth to become of benefit to wildlife.

Head Gardener, Nigel Hewish, said: “This is an excellent opportunity for us to provide vital wildlife corridors, connecting our students with nature and linking up our woodland areas.”

Level 1 Horticulture student Richard Hann, said: “It was a really enjoyable project as we learned how to plant trees properly which will benefit the environment in the future.”

For more information or to apply for a Schools’ or Community Pack go to woodlandtrust.org.uk

Horticulture courses, Woodland Trust

Green Fingers: L-R Tutor Mariel Gabriel, students: Hugo Bartlett, Richard Hann, Simon Moody, Jordon Meldrum, David Coombs, Samuel Adams, and Head Gardener Nigel Hewish.

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