Schools benefit in council tree scheme

Youngsters at St Botolphs School, Quarrington planting their trees. EMN-170313-181954001
Youngsters at St Botolphs School, Quarrington planting their trees. EMN-170313-181954001

Sleaford Town Council is working with the town’s primary schools on a tree planting scheme.

The council has received money from the town’s Renewable Energy Plant community grant scheme to add more trees to the grounds of local schools.

Coun Jan Brealeycook said: “We contacted the four primary schools in town and had a great response. We hope it will encourage the children to appreciate and learn how trees grow and what they do.

“The children need to be involved, then they take ownership and are less likely to vandalise them.”

Three trees have been given to each school. The first three were planted at St Botolph’s School last Wednesday with the Roman Catholic school planting happening yesterday (Thursday) and William Alvey next week.

Due to the terms of their lease, Church Lane School is unable to add trees and will get planters and plants instead.

Thanks to another £12,000 grant from Tesco’s Bags For Life scheme, about 20 trees have already been planted around Woodside play area and another 50 are yet to be planted to help screen neighbouring homes. A wildflower meadow scheme is being laid out alongside Sleaford Wood and in an overgrown rear corner of Boston Road Recreation Ground that staff have been tidying up.