Pupils planting for future generations of school kids

Shovels at the ready: TGS pupils get ready to plant their trees. ANL-161130-084408001
Shovels at the ready: TGS pupils get ready to plant their trees. ANL-161130-084408001

More than 280 students have planted their own legacy inside their own school grounds after a unique partnership with a leading conservation charity. Thomas Gainsborough School linked up with the Woodland Trust and local groups and businesses to further enhance a wooded area.

After more than 400 saplings were planted last year, the school’s Year 7 students were given the opportunity to enhance the area – part of a plan to create a wildlife garden.

Thomas Gainsborough School linked up with the Woodland Trust and local community groups and businesses to further enhance a wooded area on their grounds, with Year 7 pupils getting to plant their own trees. ANL-161130-084420001

Thomas Gainsborough School linked up with the Woodland Trust and local community groups and businesses to further enhance a wooded area on their grounds, with Year 7 pupils getting to plant their own trees. ANL-161130-084420001

Wayne Lloyd, headteacher, said: “I am delighted that our Year 7 students are helping to create something that will act as a legacy of their time at the school.”

Around 400 saplings were donated by the Woodland Trust as part of their Green Tree Schools scheme to celebrate woods and trees among young learners.

The school were also supported by Tesco, Wyvale Garden Centre and the New Life Church in Sudbury. Mel Edwards, community champion at Tesco in Sudbury, said: “This is a fantastic project for us to get involved in and we were delighted to support it.”

Amie Butcher, assistant head teacher at the school, said: “We wanted to improve the environment around the school by creating this beautiful and enriching woodland. We would like to thank everyone who has helped us achieve this.”