The Post 16 provision of Wargrave House School and College marked the first planting of 420 saplings at a tree planting ceremony at Enovert Community Trust site in Haydock.
The saplings, which will not only improve the air we all breathe, will also help to enhance local green spaces for the benefit of the residents in the community and wildlife alike.
Staff and students from the Post 16 provision were joined by Cllr Gomez-Aspron, deputy leader of St Helens Council in planting the very first saplings, which were kindly donated by the Woodland Trust. Cllr Gomez-Aspron said: “It was my pleasure to go and support Wargrave House School and College in their plans to try and expand to a post 18 site at the community base at Lyme and Wood Country Park”.
The event was covid secure with all involved having a temperature check on arrival, directed to a hand sanitisation station and using anti bacterial wipes before handling any planting equipment.
The Post 16 students, managed by Tara Thomas, developed a pop up cafe table as part of the Cosy Corner Café, with takeaway drinks and wrapped treats for the staff, students and visitors to enjoy.
Julliet Doherty, head of Post-16 Education said: “Big thanks go to the Woodland Trust who very kindly donated the saplings, to Cllr Gomez-Aspron for giving his time to support us and importantly to all the staff and students involved in this fantastic initiative which continues our drive to have a positive and long lasting impact on our local community.
“If you would like to help to not only improve the environment but to also support students to gain meaningful real life work experiences, then please sponsor a tree today. For a suggested donation of just £10 you can leave a lasting legacy to woodlands and wildlife, creating woodland habitats for years to come. All monies raised will be used to further maintain our local community and support our students to gain meaningful real life work experiences”.