Pupils can’t see wood for the trees

treeram'Pupils from Woodthorpe Primary School get ready to plant trees in the school grounds.
treeram'Pupils from Woodthorpe Primary School get ready to plant trees in the school grounds.
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IT was a hands-on experience for these Sheffield youngsters when they were invited to take time out from class to plant trees.

The pupils, from Woodthorpe Primary School, helped out along with fellow children from Stradbroke and Intake schools, in sessions organised by Woodthorpe Development Trust.

Rysz Szumski, of Woodthorpe Development Trust, which organised the project, said: “The trees were a mixture of fruit bearers such as crab apple and hazel and were planted at Woodthorpe, Stradbroke and Intake schools as well as Handsworth recreation ground by members of Handsworth Forum.

“The idea is not only to improve the environment, but to add a bit of ‘fun learning’ and practical hands-on tree planting experiences for the young people involved.

“At Woodthorpe we were joined by the Year 6 group who helped plant around the Memorial Garden being built there and at Stradbroke, pupils assisted us planting the trees in the play area.

“It was a great experience for all of us of us and it’s great to work in close partnership with schools supportive of our work.”