TREES FOR THE FUTURE

Date: 26/03/2012

Local school children have planted trees at Dearne Valley College (DVC) for the enjoyment of students, staff and the local community.

Pupils from Wath Victoria primary school planted a Christmas tree and a Rowan tree on the campus in front of the main building.

Saint Pius X Catholic High School pupils planted Hawthorn saplings to improve the existing hedgerow adjacent to the grass football pitch and Golden Smithies Lane.

Staff from DVC and Dearne Valley Eco-Vision organised and co-ordinated the activities on the day.

Glen Ashall, founder member of DVC Health and Environment Awareness Raising Team, commented:
“All the pupils worked really hard planting the trees and clearly enjoyed themselves.  They also cleared the hedgerow and did some litter picking. We have invited them back to help us with further planting later in the year”.

Joanne Wehrle, Dearne Valley Eco Vision Project Manager commented:
“Improving the natural environment of the Dearne Valley and encouraging local people to enjoy nature and wildlife on their doorstep are important themes of the Dearne Valley Eco-Vision project. The Eco-Vision aims to showcase best practice in low carbon living and recognise the value of the natural assets of the Dearne Valley to attracting people and investment to the area ”.

DVC is proud of its immaculate grounds. The surrounding land also owned by the College is being managed to create and sustain natural habitats and encourage wildlife. 

The college’s commitment to tree planting started under the South Yorkshire Forest scheme. Trees planted in the first stage are now maturing and can be enjoyed by following one of the many footpaths which criss-cross the land. The next phase will be to participate in the Jubilee Woods scheme to celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee later this year.

For further information about the Dearne Valley Eco Vision visit www.dearnevalleyecovision.org.uk

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