Woodland Trust help to spruce up Pool Academy’s grounds

The Woodland Trust have given more than 100 saplings to Pool Academy to help spruce up its beautiful grounds.

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The secondary school recently installed new fences around its premises and thanks to the conservation charity there will soon be new hedges growing through them.

The Trust delivered its schools’ tree pack, which includes Hawthorne, Hazel, Elder, Downy Birch, Dog Rose and Dog wood, to the academy on Wednesday.

Chris Harper, groundsman at Pool Academy, has planted them in some soft soil while he works out their final locations.

He said: “We have a few different types of trees and I will have to decide now what will go where.

“Some of them will go where the new fence is. It will make it look better and will soften it up a bit. It will be nicer than just having a fence.”

He also plans to plant some near the main reception and some next to the silver birch tree, by the art gallery, which was given to the school by MP George Eustice as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy.

The Woodland Trust offer a number of different schools’ tree packs including Hedges, Year-round colour, Copse and Wild harvest.

The academy had to apply for the greenery and when the application was accepted it was also awarded two Green Tree Schools Award points.

Schools are given points after completing environmental activities. When the points are added up the schools involved are awarded bronze, silver and gold levels. The top award is platinum.

Christiana Richardson