Pupils celebrate National Tree Week
Thursday 8th December 2011
Pupils and staff from Cramlington Village’s Green Fingers Garden Club, celebrated National Tree Week by planting 6 trees in Alexandra Park in Cramlington.
The Club members rolled up their sleeves and helped Anthony Johnston, People & Wildlife Officer with Northumberland Wildlife Trust and Emily Hunter Community Engagement Co-ordinator with The Banks Groups plant 6 trees, each measuring at least 10ft in height - no mean feat!
Alexandra Park, located in Cramlington, is owned and managed by Northumberland County Council. It is one of the best known and loved green spaces in the area. The Park’s popularity, combined with its open areas of amenity grassland, bowling-green, tennis courts and play area makes it an ideal location for hosting community events.
The Park is a fine example of how people and wildlife can co-exist in the same environment. The maple, birch and ash trees planted will provide homes for birds and insects whilst giving visitors to the Park something pleasant to look at throughout the year.
Northumberland Wildlife Trust and Cramlington Learning Village are no strangers to battling the elements for last year, the pupils managed to plant six trees at the third attempt after they were thwarted by high winds, rain and the snow which everybody remembers so well.
Anthony Johnston, People and Wildlife Officer with Northumberland Wildlife Trust said: “With this being National Tree Week, what better way to support it than by encouraging enthusiastic pupils from the local school to get planting and add to the Park’s tree collection? Today’s tree planting event will ensure that future generation will be able to admire the trees in this park.”
The improvements to Alexandra Park are part of the SENSE II project which is funded by The Banks Community Fund (through the mining, property and renewable energy developer The Banks Group).
Many thanks to Leon Savage at Northumberland County Council for providing the trees.