TREES will be growing for years to come at a Kearsley primary school.

Thanks to a donation from Octopus Energy, Spindle Point Primary School pupils got the chance to plant 50 new trees in their grounds.

The pupils had help planting from former-Blue Peter gardener Chris Collins and Bolton South East MP Yasmin Qureshi.

The new trees, a mix of maple, hawthorn, hazel, wild cherry and English oak will help turn the school into a forest school.

Jennifer Bingham, headteacher at Spindle Point, said: "This is an exciting day for the children at Spindle Point.

"We have been lucky enough to secure charitable tree donations from Octopus Energy and gardening expertise from Chris.

"The Octopus Energy team has supported this project and helped us on our journey to become a Forest School.

"Spindle Point is committed to ensuring our children have regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence through outdoor learning. We are so proud of our school grounds and planting a woodland area will enrich the children’s learning in so many ways.

"The school set a competition for the children to produce a piece of artwork that was inspired by nature.

"Parents worked alongside the children and the entries were incredible. The winning children were awarded the honour of planting the trees to build our very own woodland.

"These trees will grow alongside the children and we plan to photograph the children and trees every year to measure their growth!"

Ms Qureshi, said: "I'm thrilled to help the pupils at Spindle Point Primary School start developing their forest school by planting the trees donated by Octopus Energy.

"It's so important for children to get an understanding of their natural environment and the importance of protecting it."