Eco friendly Garrett Hall pupils go back to nature at Tyldesley
12:10pm Sunday 17th March 2013 in North West
ECO friendly pupils planted trees to create an 120 metre hedgerow to act as a buffer zone should a housing development go ahead on adjoining farmland.
Last week 420 trees were planted to make the school a more wildlife friendly place and marked the launch of Tyldesley Garrett Hall Primary School's quest to gain the Learning Outside the Classroom mark.
“There is increasing evidence that shows nature and the outdoor environment can have a profound effect on pupils’ learning. We want to make full use of our school grounds to raise standards and develop a love of nature and the outdoors at Garrett Hall,” said teacher and project co-ordinator Jamie McMahon.
"It's designed to get children out and about, providing them with challenging, exciting and different experiences to help them learn.
"The trees will attract wildlife to the area and also help to offset the recent loss of green spaces in Tyldesley through developments such as the guided busway and the proposed housing development on local green belt land to the side of the school."
The trees were supplied free by the Woodland Trust through their Jubilee Woods project. Further details about this and how other schools and groups can get involved are at http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/en/moretreesmoregood An avenue of 29 trees have also been planted either side of the path through the sports field to commemorate the gold medals won by Team GB in the London 2012 Olympic Games.
“We wanted to give our pupils the chance to celebrate the inspirational achievements of our athletes and leave their own legacy for future generations of pupils at Garrett Hall,” said Mr McMahon.
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