Nursery's tree planting adventure

Nursery children planted silver birch, hazel and cherry trees to create a new coppice in the Stonar grounds.

The trees were donated by the Woodland Trust as part of its Green Tree Schools scheme. Children dug holes, planted the saplings and added a protective cone to keep them shielded from rabbits and deer. The new coppice is to the right of the Stonar drive, and will extend the tree cover up from the Forest School, creating a new wild space for nature.

Pupils were fascinated by the opportunity to get close to nature, and enjoyed discovering worms and other mini-beasts as well as the textures of deciduous and evergreen trees and plants.

"The children always love exploring outside, and the opportunity to plant trees gave them a great sense of achievement. The outdoor environment is a great learning space for children and at Stonar we make the most of the freedom to explore," said Kathryn Willder, Head of Early Years.