Pupils plant trees to aid restoration

Viscount Ridley with members of the Stannington First School Green Team.
Viscount Ridley with members of the Stannington First School Green Team.

Children from a Northumberland first school have helped to reach a major milestone in the restoration and landscaping of a former mining site.

Pupils from Stannington First School’s ‘Green Team’ were at Banks Mining’s former Delhi surface mine to plant the one millionth tree as part of the landscaping work carried out at its operational and restored surface mine sites.

The team includes children from reception to Year 4, as well as 13 teachers.

The aim is to encourage everyone in the school community to think more about taking environmentally-responsible actions, as well as working on the school’s ‘Eco Action Plan’.

The children were joined at the event by Viscount Ridley, who owns the land where the Delhi site is located.

Headteacher Helen Stokoe said: “Our children love coming to school at Stannington.

“They enjoy learning about the natural world and also the impact that man can have on the environment.

“We are delighted to be involved in a project that will help to maintain the environment that surrounds our school.”

Richard Hutchinson, landscape manager at Banks, added: “The Stannington First School pupils who were on site will be the young people who will see the restored landscapes around them maturing over decades to come, and we’re grateful to them and Viscount Ridley for helping reach this fantastic milestone.”