Angus school children to help plant 420 trees in school grounds

children in S2 class with Abbie Beecroft (science teacher) and Rachel Scott (Acting Deputy Head Arbroath High School in Arbroath High School grounds
Monday 7 February 2022

Young people from Arbroath High School will help plant 420 trees in their school grounds after securing funding through the Woodland’s Trust, Queen’s Green Canopy initiative.

Rachel Scott, Acting Deputy Head, Arbroath High School explains, “We were delighted when we found out we’d been chosen to buy trees for the school! We’re really lucky as the school has a lot of space in the grounds, with a large open grassed area. We wanted to bring trees and planting closer to the school buildings and particularly closer to our support for learning classrooms and learning spaces so applied for this funding to plant trees.

“Having these trees is also a great ongoing learning project with our youngest young people in S1 and S2 creating the woodland area and continuing to care for and monitor the trees in their six years at school, before they hand it on to future generations of AHS young people.”

Councillor Ron Sturrock, Convener of Children and Learning Committee said: “What a fantastic opportunity for our young children to learn about the importance of trees in the fight against climate change but to improve and enhance their school environment at the same time.

“Projects like this also help our schools engage with our young people, bringing the school community together after the impact of the COVID Pandemic.”

The Queen’s Green Canopy is a unique tree planting initiative to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022, encouraging individuals and groups to play their part to enhance our environment by planting trees.

Species being planted include a native mix of Rowan, Hawthorn, Hazel, Silver Birch and Dogwood saplings.