Barton Clough goes green with the help of The City of Trees

Pic: Year 3 group photo

Submitted by Georgina Lilley

Children and staff at Barton Clough Primary School welcomed The City of Trees to the school last week.

The City of Trees is an organization that helped the school plant approximately 500 trees in and around the school on Audley Avenue in Stretford.

Barton Clough has a developing Forest School on site with a number of established trees and an orchard, plus areas for growing vegetables and flowers. So, the new trees will really complement this growing environment and bring with it countless benefits.

Reception class

Paul Gibson, Forest School and Outdoor Education Lead at Barton Clough said: “This is an amazing opportunity and a brilliant addition to the future of our school and local community.

“We involved every child in the tree planting and how amazing it will be for our Reception and key stage 1 children to see the trees grow with them throughout their school life.

“We are grateful to The City of Trees and look forward to working with them on our three-year plan.”

Year 3 planting trees

Students have thoroughly enjoyed helping the Forest School to develop and have been regularly drafted in to help with clearing the site of litter, making a path through the woodland, and creating a fire circle.

Barton Clough also has an Eco Squad with the responsibility to work towards The Eco Schools award. The Eco Squad also received badges and certificates from Stretford Litter Pickers for their efforts.

As well as litter picking, children are helping with composting, the eradication of single use bottles, and helping to attract more wildlife. There was recently a successful ‘Bulbathon’, where the school community were asked to bring in bulbs or seeds for planting.

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