Thursday, 21 November 2013

Bamford Primary School launches our ‘Treegeneration’ project

On Wednesday 6th November, National Trust Peak District Rangers visited Bamford Primary School in Derbyshire to launch ‘Treegeneration’, a project to grow native trees from seed.

The day started with an assembly introducing the ‘Treegeneration’ project to children at the school. Afterwards, one child from each year group joined our Rangers to look for acorns from very old local oak trees. As they collected the acorns, they made a careful note of which trees the acorns came from.

Looking for acorns © National Trust/Kait Jones

In the afternoon, every child in the school had the opportunity to plant an acorn, and made a note on the pot of which tree it had come from. The acorns will be left to germinate over winter, and will be cared for by the school children until they are ready to be planted out.

Planting the acorns © National Trust/Kait Jones

Rachel Mora-Bannon, who is leading the ‘Treegeneration’ project, said: “It’s a fantastic opportunity for local children to get outdoors and connect with nature. These children will be adults when the oak trees they planted are mature and many are looking forward to seeing their trees in the Peak District as they grow up.”

Planting the acorns © National Trust/Kait Jones

The ‘Treegeneration’ project is part of the High Peak Moors Vision and Plan, which was launched on 20th September 2013. The oak trees will one day line the valleys and cloughs on National Trust managed land near the children’s school in Bamford.