Forest fever as Leeds school plants 175 trees after competition win

Picture by Allan McKenzie/ AMGP.co.uk.

Picture by Allan McKenzie/ AMGP.co.uk.

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Green-fingered staff and pupils at a Morley school have helped to plant 175 new trees in school grounds.

Bruntcliffe School’s foray into forestry came after its pupils won an environmental competition organised by Carbon Footprint and Land Securities, which built and manages the White Rose Shopping Centre.

Children were asked to describe why they liked trees and why their school should win the native British trees, including English oaks, that have been grown in England from collected seeds.

Youngsters from the school were given hands-on experience on how to plant trees on Friday, while learning of the importance of trees to the environment.

Dean Stratton, Land Securities’ White Rose Centre manager and Bruntcliffe School governor, said: “We are delighted to be planting at the school as part of our environmental commitment and equally delighted at the school’s enthusiasm for the project.”

Land Securities has teamed up with Carbon Footprint to plant native broadleaf trees in schools and other sites across the UK, as it also aims to replace any trees removed during its development projects.

Carbon Footprint helps hundreds of companies develop sustainability programmes and organise the planting of native trees on the behalf of environmentally responsible companies in the UK and Ireland.

A Carbon Footprint spokeswoman added: “The oaks being planted will provide a perfect habitat for wildlife, promoting biodiversity and preserving the natural environment.”

Bruntcliffe School is a specialist business and enterprise college, which includes a business college for sixth form students, that caters to around 1,500 pupils in south Leeds.

For further information on the school visit www.bruntcliffe.net, or for more on Carbon Footprint visit www.carbonfootprint.com.