Malvern Hills Trust and The Chase School team up for tree planting - The Malvern Observer
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17th Aug, 2022

Malvern Hills Trust and The Chase School team up for tree planting

PUPILS from The Chase School have planted seven large trees as part of a project led by the Malvern Hills Trust.

Members of the school’s Eco Club got digging last week with the 16 eager students, aged between seven and 13, preparing the pits, planting the trees and putting up the protective guards.

They used hand tools to gain practical experience as well as learning about their local environment.

The students will now see the trees they planted grow and mature to form an important part of the area’s local character.

Trust volunteers also took part in a planting day and planted 12 trees along the Poolbrook Road.

In total, 39 standard trees have been planted along the wide verges of Sherrards Green and Poolbrook Road, bringing multiple benefits to these communities.

A mixture of native species including Apple, Hornbeam, Lime, Rowan and Cherry were chosen in the hope a broad mix of species will be more robust against diseases and climate change.

The project has been funded by the Forestry Commission’s Urban Tree Challenge Fund which provides grants for tree planting projects in areas where tree cover is low and where communities would most benefit from new trees.

Trees within the urban landscape bring huge benefits to the local environment by providing homes for wildlife, reducing air pollution, cooling the local microclimate and helping to tackle climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

It has also been proven that spending time near to trees and wooded areas improves people’s physical health and mental wellbeing.

Beck Baker, the Malvern Hills Trust’s Community and Conservation Officer, said “It was a delight to involve The Chase pupils in our tree planting project.

“The pupils brought a real enthusiasm and were keen to get stuck into all aspects of the planting process.”

She added the trust was extremely grateful to the pupils for their hard work.

“This project is an opportunity to bring a new generation of trees to some of Malvern’s urban areas.

“These locations have been chosen where there are fewer trees and where tree planting will positively impact communities, both environmentally and socially, and the local landscape character too.”

This tree planting follows the restoration of a community plum orchard near St Andrews Road also funded by the Urban Tree Challenge Fund.

To help people find out more about the trees planting and their benefits to wildlife, people and climate, the Trust will be leading guided walks around the new planting sites this spring.

Visit malvernhills.org.uk for more information.

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