Year 4 from SS Osmunds and Andrews joined us today to plant a Woodland Trust tree pack containing: Hawthorn, Hazel, Dog rose, Dogwood and Crab apple. Rather than a traditional hedge made entirely of Hawthorn, this hedge provides berries, rose hips, nuts and apples to feed and shelter the wildlife. The children planted the hedgerow on the North side of Bright Meadow at Leverhulme Park with help from volunteers Chris, Adele, George, Simon and Connah. There were many intrigued little minds with lots of questions for us but also a very good work ethic to plant every tree they could grab, for us, it was really great to see the children enjoying getting mucky and planting something that will remain here for decades. A highlight for myself was when I asked the children if they had heard of Bolton NEWT, at least half shouted yes, which goes to show our community events are having an impact. One young lad mentioned how he had planted a hedgerow with us a few years back but didn't know where it was, the answer was the Garstang Hub back in 2019, the hedgerow saplings now being well over four feet in height. As a thank you from all of us at Bolton NEWT we gave the children and the teachers a goodie bag with a map of Seven Acres, map of Leverhulme Park and a bag of Haribo. If any parents happen to read this blog and your kid joined us today, you can pop over to Leverhulme Park at 'Bright Meadow' with the map provided to see where they planted the hedgerow.
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