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Local school children lend a helping hand in Shoreditch Park

Pupils from Thomas Fairchild Community School lent a helping hand last week, (Monday 15 July) watering and mulching newly planted trees in Shoreditch Park, Hackney.

42 trees, worth £10,000 pounds were planted earlier this year by Hackney Council parks staff and Barclay’s Bank volunteers. The trees are a mixture of very big semi mature trees, some of which are four to seven metres tall.

The year six class were also quizzed on their knowledge of trees and plants that can be found in local parks in the borough.

Cllr Jonathan McShane, Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Culture, Hackney Council
Getting young children involved with the work the Council does in our local parks is fun way for them to learn about their local environment. Now they’ve got a real connection to Shoreditch Park and I’m sure they’ll enjoying watching the trees as they grow.
Cllr Jonathan McShane, Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Culture, Hackney Council

11 year old Tyler; said: "I really enjoyed using the wheelbarrows and putting on the mulch, it was exciting because I was able to help the trees in my local community. I can't wait to see them grow!"


Macie, aged 11 said: “I really loved learning lots about the different types of trees, the quiz was fun and I liked using the hose pipe to water the plants.”


Class teacher, Helen Jenkins; added: “Year 6 thoroughly enjoyed the morning. It was a brilliant opportunity for them to learn and begin to understand the nature within their local community. It was an experience they had never had before and allowed them to learn new skills. They will enjoy monitoring the trees progress quickly and are excited to see them grow.”


The 42 trees were donated by Barcham Trees and Ecobuild and include:

eight multi stemmed Himalayan Birch
six multi stemmed Tibetan Cherries
eleven multi stemmed Silver Birch trees  
Alder, Blue Cedar, Double Flowering Cherries, Purple Plum, Ornamental Pear, and Whitebeam.




Notes to editors

Photographs: please credit Gary Manhine. All pupils are from Thomas Fairchild School