Pupils are branching out for park work

Year 9 students from Astley High School joining David Symington from Neighbourhood Services in Astley Park, Seaton Delaval to plant some trees as part of National Tree Week.
Year 9 students from Astley High School joining David Symington from Neighbourhood Services in Astley Park, Seaton Delaval to plant some trees as part of National Tree Week.
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STUDENTS enjoyed a tree-mendous day helping leave their mark on Seaton Delaval.

Pupils from Astley High School joined Northumberland County Council to plant some small trees – including elder and hazel – in Astley Park as part of National Tree Week.

The school’s Astley Park youth working group got involved to develop their skills in wildlife conservation, taking ownership of a small plot of park they can call their own.

They have already done a lot of work to keep the area tidy, with the planting part of their ongoing work to contribute towards attaining Green Flag status, achieved for the first time this year.

School headteacher John Barnes said: “I am always very pleased when the students take an active part in the community.

“The students and Mrs Scott have done some tremendous work in the park and I am very pleased that they have continued this with the tree planting.

“It is also nice to know that future generations will get to enjoy the trees long after these students have grown up.”

Coun Alan Thompson, executive member for neighbourhood services at the council, said: “Trees can make a difference to so many aspects of people’s lives, as well as to wildlife and biodiversity.

“These young people are making a fantastic contribution to this park area both for now and for future generations.”