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University staff branch out for nursery tree planting

December 4 2013

Toddlers teamed up with staff and students from a university for the planting of 200 saplings to spruce up an area of campus and provide a sustainable food resource.

The group from Little Scholars day nursery worked with Glyndŵr University in Wrexham, following a donation from the Woodland Trust.

A handful of green champions started the plantation at its recent open day before helping the children to plant the remaining saplings this week.

The trees, which will take as long as 20 years to grow fully, are all located next to the Centre for the Child, Family and Society, where the Little Scholars nursery is based.

Claire Doran, safety, health and environment assistant at Glyndŵr University, helped to secure the saplings through the Woodland Trust’s free tree pack scheme for community groups.

“There are so many positives to having the trees. Firstly they’ll help to visually improve a sparse area of campus but more importantly they will help to improve the environment on campus and reduce our carbon emissions,” she said.

“Some of the trees are elder so they will provide a sustainable food source through elderberries for humans and animals.

“Glyndŵr University is always looking to improve its green credentials and this will help to do this as part of a wider environmental improvement programme.

“The plantation at the open day took us no more than two hours . It was frosty in the morning but the sun came out just in time so conditions were perfect. Everyone involved had a lot of fun.”

Peter Graham, managing director of Active Childcare, which runs Little Scholars, said: “We were delighted to be invited by Glyndŵr University to plant the tree saplings. It was a fun outdoor activity for the children, as well as helping to educate them about the environment.”

The Woodland Trust gives away as many as 3,000 free trees every year to schools, community and youth groups.

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