400 tremendous trees and an epic community effort
Over 400 trees, 200 bulbs and a boot full of beautiful bedding plants were planted late last month (20th November) by pupils, parents and Harborough Woodland at Ridgeway Primary Academy.
(Main photo credit: Osborne Photography)
The planting day, known as Project Pride Day, was part of the school’s plans to green up its grounds as it heads towards its 50th anniversary in September 2022. Having applied for trees from the Woodland Trust and with planning, guidance and on the day tuition from Harborough Woodland, the school managed to complete its epic task.
Commenting on the day, Sarah Bishop, executive headteacher at Ridgeway said, “We really wanted to enhance the extensive grounds we’re lucky enough to have at Ridgeway. To make them work better for wildlife but also to create spaces our children can enjoy for years to come. Thanks to the guidance of Harborough Woodland we have filled in the gaps in our hedging, planted a CO2 barrier between the car park and playing field to improve air quality, created a Silver Birch spinney and outdoor classroom space, and added to the tree varieties and year-round colour already on site.
“Obviously we have to wait some years to see the full effect, but we’re delighted with the progress we’re making and so thankful for all the support from parents, pupils and the wider community who gave up their Saturday to come and plant with us!”
Alongside the tree planting, the group were able to plant over 200 blubs and a wonderful selection of bedding plants donated by the Langton Greenhouse & Garden Centre. Having recently received a grant from The Market Harborough Building Society Charitable Foundation, the school is now developing its raised beds and planters to help the children with their science and topic work.
Continuing Sarah said, “We have recently taken delivery of four beautiful, locally made planters funded thanks to the Market Harborough Building Society Charitable Foundation. Each will eventually be planted up to represent a season, helping our children learn about different types of trees and our environment – from blossom and fruiting trees to evergreens and deciduous varieties. Following the planting day, we have completed the winter and autumn planters, including a red acer for autumn and a pot grown Christmas tree for winter. They’re looking brilliant and the children are so excited to study them and watch them change throughout the year.”