CHILDREN from Tattenhall helped plant 11 oak trees in honour of their school’s 40th anniversary.
Armed with spades and Wellington boots, Tattenhall Park Primary school pupils joined Cheshire West and Chester Council officers to plant the trees.
Some of them replace trees which were cut down nearby because they contained the ganoderma fungus which affects the internal structure of a tree so that it could be in danger of collapse. Tattenhall and District Parish Council was consulted about the diseased trees and also the 11 new trees which are all seven feet tall and have been planted on school and parish land.
Tattenhall Park School Headteacher Laura Noble said: “The school celebrates its 40th anniversary at the end of this month so it was particularly pleasing to take part in the council’s succession planting scheme because these new young trees will mature and develop just as the children who planted them will grow and flourish.
“Indeed, one of the children said to me that it was inspiring to think that these trees which we plant in 2010 will still be here in 100 years time.
“In addition, our school council, whose members range in age from six to 11, and our Eco representatives are very keen to promote new ways to lower our carbon footprint and so were delighted to be replacing the diseased oak trees with brand new oak saplings.”
Council Ground Maintenance Officer Rob Jones added: “Cheshire West and Chester Council always tries to plant new trees to replace the carbon footprint left by the removal of diseased trees. Getting the children involved in the planting is a great way of getting them to take ownership of the trees.”