Over the weekend, green-fingered members of the PSC teamed up with our Nature, Environment, Wildlife Taskforce (NEWTs) to plant 430 native hedge whips opposite Peckover!
The initiative to support the school’s biodiversity, saw 14 enthusiastic volunteers plant 45m of mixed hedging, provided by The Woodland Trust through their ‘trees for schools’ programme.
The greenery consisted of Hazel, Rowan, Crab Apple, Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Silver and Downy Birch, Elder and Dog Rose, with a little Grey Willow, Dogwood, Holly, Wild Cherry, Gorse and Wych Elm sprinkled in for good measure.
“We had a brilliant time planting tiny trees with volunteers from our school community at the weekend.” commented Oliver Staines, Sustainability Lead. “Many of our most at-risk species find a habitat in hedgerows – 80% of our woodland birds, 50% of our mammals and 30% of our butterflies call hedgerows their home. In addition, every kilometre of new hedgerow can store 600-800kg of carbon dioxide equivalent per year, meaning they play a key role in the fight against climate change (this stretch will be in the 27-36kg of Co2 range).”