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Water Orton Primary School - Greening Up and Helping the Planet

 

On Thursday 9th December, Headteacher Carl Lewis and teaching assistant Jenny Ward were joined in school by Susan Hartland-Smith and her team: Emily Reilly, Charmion Roberts and Freya Murray from the Tame Valley Wetlands  and Warwickshire Wildlife Trust who are based at the Hams Hall Environmental Centre in Coleshill.

 

Children from the Year 6 classes worked with the group to plant over 200 native tree saplings provided by the Woodland Trust.  They also planted 300 daffodils, snowdrops and bluebells as part of the schools Green-Up project to improve the school environments and to encourage more children and adults in the village to get involved with gardening.

 

The school also recently won a national 'Helping Your Community Grow' competition hosted by Dobbies Garden Centres and received gardening tools, bulbs, seeds and seed trays for every class as part of their £500 win.  

 

Headteacher, Carl Lewis said that he was very grateful to Shelley Thomas of Dobbies Garden Centre Atherstone, for the gardening equipment and he hoped that the donation would encourage more parents and members of the community to come in and help children enjoy learning outdoors. 

 

'Outdoor activities such as gardening are really beneficial to people of all ages and we hope that during such difficult times, we can offer something to boost the mental health of both children and adults of all ages'.

 

The team also talked to the children about the benefits of planting trees for wildlife habitats, for shade in the summer and to make a difference to climate change and to improve the school's carbon Footprint.  This also ties in with National Tree Planting Week and HM The Queen's 'Green Canopy' project - A plan to plant 68,000 trees by the end of the Queen's Jubilee year.

 

Recently, HS2 contractor, Balfour Beatty Vinci also provided support to the school, to rotavate soil in the school carpark so that wildlife-friendly trees and shrubs could be planted, improving the school landscape and outlook and environment for local residents.

 

Susan Hartland-Smith from Warwickshire Wildlife Trust commented,

'We had such fun yesterday. It was wonderful to see all those trees going into the ground and thinking about how fantastic it will be once they have grown. They will be a great asset to the area for both wildlife and the school'.

 

At the end of term, Carl Lewis (Headteacher) is leaving Water Orton Primary School after 16 years in post to work for Warwickshire County Council as a headteacher coach. 

 

'I am sad to leave after investing half of my teaching career in Water Orton, but I feel that planting trees is a good way to bring my time at Water Orton to a close. I've really enjoyed working with the children again and the children and I have talked about how it will be lovely to come back and visit in the years to come and see how the trees and plants are growing.  It feels good to leave something behind that will benefit future generations of children and adults in the years to come'. 

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