More than 50 children from a Warwickshire school dug out their wellies and spades to plant trees.
Monday, 10 May 2010 23:00
Tree Planting at Heart of England Conference and Events Centre.Year five and six pupils from Herbert Fowler Junior School in Arley enjoyed an educational visit to the Heart of England Conference and Events Centre.

Around 350 trees were planted at Heart Country Park within the 160-acre multi-purpose venue.

Head teacher Linda Weyman said it had been a fun morning and was a great way to take classroom learning outdoors.

“Last term the children did a project on sustainable development so when we were asked to go along to help the educational rangers plant trees it was too good an opportunity to miss,” she said. “Fifty-two children came armed with their wellies and garden spades from home and they had a fantastic time. We planted about 350 poplar trees. All the trees had been placed for us near where they needed planting and the children were shown how to dig out the hole, how to plant the sapling and how to put the protective cover around the tree. It was a lovely morning.”

Philippa Truman, educational ranger at the Heart of England Conference and Events Centre, said the pupils had really thrown themselves into the project with great enthusiasm.

“We have planted around 7,000 trees altogether ranging from oaks to Scotch pine all over the site and we thought we would invite a local school along to help us with some of our planting, I used to go to Herbert Fowler Junior School so I have connections there and thought this would link in well with their curriculum. We split the pupils into two groups and they took it in turns to do the planting.  This will improve the conservation value of the site and act as a noise barrier as well as improve the outlook for our visitors. We are trying to get as many school groups involved at the Heart Country Park as possible to take advantage of our educational programme which involves exploring mini-beast habitats, pond dipping and multi-sensory explorers.”

Schools interested in organising a visit should contact Philippa on 01676 540333 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it