Students from Dearne Valley College (DVC) joined Wentworth and Dearne MP John Healey to plant a tree to mark Climate Week.
A total of 30 new trees, native to the UK – birch, rowan and cherry have been secured from the Woodland Trust and will be planted in the college grounds.
Paul Edwards, DVC Head of Estates and Retail Services filled in an online submission and was successful in securing the trees as its land is accessed by schools and the community.
The trees will be planted in the meadow land to the north of the Wath based campus.
The tree planting was also part of the first-ever International Eco Festival which the college hosted in conjunction with; Dearne Valley Eco-Vision Team, DDQ (Delivering Design Quality) initiative, community regeneration expert Keepmoat, Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) and Barnsley College.
The Festival was part of a drive to secure the Dearne as one of the greenest areas in Europe.
The Festival aimed to share and celebrate high profile examples of green communities and model sustainable developments from across Europe. The event also provided an opportunity for local businesses and learning centres to promote their services, informed the local community about green living and raised the profile of the Dearne Valley Eco-vision.
Paul Edwards DVC Head of Estates and Retail Services commented:
“We really want to continue the colleges pledge to the Dearne Valley Eco Vision by promoting the importance investing in green issues. Often people aren’t aware of the impact their actions have on other people’s lives as well as on the environment. Initiatives such as ours are investments into better tomorrows. We have a saying here that we should keep a balance between green and grey; if we take away an area to build on we reserve another area to keep green”.
Another 240 trees will arrive later in the year to be planted in and around the college grounds.