Plant a Tree for the Jubilee
Children at Chandlings Prep have planted 240 trees as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative which was created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee. It is a nationwide project encouraging villages, cities, counties and schools to play their part to enhance the environment by planting trees which in turn bring benefits for people, wildlife and climate, now and for the future.
Children from Nursery up to Year 6 all took part in the tree planting organised by Chandlings’ Grounds Manager, Rob Maskrey. Saplings were planted in the Nursery Woodland creating a new hedgerow and a variety of trees including Hawthorn, Crab Apple, Wild Cherry and Hazel were added to the Judy Forrest plantation near the Year 6 camp.
Both sustainability and the outdoors play an important role in life at Chandlings Prep. An annual rolling programme of tree planting takes place every year and along with the Jubilee initiative 200 hornbeams and alders have also been planted.
As part of the outdoor learning programme children have been observing the trees, seeing how they change over the seasons, learning about their benefits to our environment and how they attract wildlife. Miss Papp, Head of Outdoor Learning, also created a Jubilee trail throughout the grounds with questions about the Queen at each nature station.
Christine Cook, Head of Chandlings Prep said, “The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee is a huge moment in history and it’s wonderful for us to be part of this tree planting initiative which will benefit future generations.”