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Schoolchildren plant trees at Faversham Lakes

Pupils put their gardening skills to good use by planting trees at the innovative Faversham Lakes scheme in Kent.

The Year 4 pupils from Davington Primary School planted various types of trees including oak, hawthorn, rowan, elderberry, dogwood, hazel, silver birch and cherry on the site of the ambitious 131-acre housing development in a vast country park.

Anderson has worked with the Woodland Trust to maximise the ecological impact of the Faversham Lakes scheme in Kent. It includes a brand-new country park with footpaths, lakes, reedbeds, lagoons, wildlife habitats, bird hides and extensive buffer planting.

Big Climate Fightback

The trees were donated as part of the Woodland Trust’s ‘Big Climate Fightback’ scheme, which aims to get 50 million more trees in the ground across the UK.

Ben Chandler and the team from Cox Landscapes helped the children on the day, leading a warm-up session. He explained how to plant the various types of saplings and helped each child to plant their own tree.

Neil Hewitt from Cox Landscapes teaches pupils how to plant saplings

The tree-planting session took place during the Tree Council’s National Tree Week – the UK’s largest annual tree celebration – running from  November 27 to December 5.

It involves people across the country planting thousands of trees to mark the start of the winter tree planting season.

As well as planting, the eight and nine-year-olds listened to a talk on the importance of trees and what was being planted by Sharon Durdant-Hollamby, Director of Sharon Hosegood Associates.

Hands on

Sharon said: “This is a great opportunity for children to get involved with tree planting to help make their area a better place to live and help with the fight against climate change and nature loss.

“I am always delighted about how knowledgeable and interested children are in their environment.

“I believe passionately that getting hands on is great for the planet, great for the community and great fun!”

Sharon Durdant-Hollamby from Sharon Hosegood Associates planting a tree with a schoolgirl

Headteacher Chilton Saint said: “Our pupils are excited to be actively involved in another aspect of the development.
“Over the years, we have enjoyed a number of site visits. This will provide an ecological impact which they will see and enjoy for many years to come.”

Dom Brazington, Technical Manager at Anderson, said: “We’re delighted to welcome the children from Davington Primary School and to get them involved in such an important part of the scheme.

“It is great for them to be part of the community planting day and to be involved in the ‘Big Climate Fightback’ initiative by The Woodland Trust.

“Reducing our carbon footprint across all our developments is a responsibility that Anderson takes seriously and drives one of our main values.

“We are always looking for ways to protect and enhance the natural environment and this ties in with the whole Faversham Lakes ethos of boundless living surrounded by nature.”