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Wildlife buff Chris Packham praises Norfolk youngsters for planting more than 100 trees

PUBLISHED: 12:46 15 May 2018 | UPDATED: 12:46 15 May 2018

Artist Nicola Marray-Woods led a tree-planting project for Year 4 children at Howard Junior School. Picture: Howard Junior School

Artist Nicola Marray-Woods led a tree-planting project for Year 4 children at Howard Junior School. Picture: Howard Junior School

Howard Junior School

Green-fingered youngsters from West Norfolk were praised by wildlife buff Chris Packham for their tree-planting project.

Seedball making at Howard Junior School in King's Lynn. Picture: Nicola Marray-WoodsSeedball making at Howard Junior School in King's Lynn. Picture: Nicola Marray-Woods

Nearly 60 children from Year 4 at Howard Junior School, in King’s Lynn, planted 105 native British trees on their school field.

They worked with artist and school grounds professional Nicola Marray-Woods to plant the free trees they had received from the Woodland Trust.

Ms Marray-Woods said: “By working as a team we have created a new woodland which will link the school’s outdoor classroom with the mature woodland at the back of the field.

“The children carefully considered all the packs on offer from the Woodland Trust and chose the wildlife option of hazel, oak, hawthorn, rowan, blackthorn and silver birch.

“It will provide habitats and food for a range of animals in years to come.”

After posting the project on Twitter the school was delighted to receive a retweet and reply from TV naturalist Chris Packham who commented “top work all!”

Not to be outdone Year 3 children spent some sunny afternoons making and planting hundreds of seedballs. These tiny spheres of wildflower seed, compost, clay and chilli powder will kick-start a new meadow next to the wood.


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