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Pupils brave the torrential rain to plant 72 trees

Pupils brave the torrential rain to plant 72 trees

by Henry James (December 2020)

PUPILS from Hudson Primary School in Maghull braved the torrential rain to help the Friends of Maghull and District (FOMD) to plant 72 trees to future proof the old trees.

Other volunteers planted 1,350 wildlife friendly hedging whips around the whole perimeter of Bobby’s Wood/Woodend near the junction of Liverpool Road South and Northway to create a safe area.

Dr Frank Sharp (FOMD Trustee) stated: “This day represented a wonderful opportunity for the school to be involved in this valuable practical and educational experience towards ‘making a difference to the climate for the children and the children’s children’, as quoted from a nationwide appeal launched in the brilliant BBC Country File (6.12.20) programme to plant 750,000 trees (https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006t0bv)

“Every tree planted will be recorded on their postcode map. The 750,000 planting total is also symbolic because it represents every child who will be starting primary school in the UK in 2020.”

The planting was collaborative process with Sefton and Maghull Council’s, The Conservation Trust (TCV), and Mersey Forrest, organised through a FOMD crowdfunding project.

The weather was too bad in the afternoon for St Georges’ Primary School and neighbouring Bumbles Nursery to attend. However, St Georges’ planted 20 trees at their school and the nursery hope to be involved in a £5,000 future border planting which is the subject of a ‘new’ one year crowdfunding project at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/woodend or join their Co-op partner membership scheme at https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/53065

Michelle Rossiter (FOMD member and managing director of Home from Home - a support service for isolated older adults) said that: “The initiative is part of an enormous Maghull project to plant 8,000 trees that we stored in April, for planting between now and March, in local parks but we hope to plant others in local schools.

“To volunteer or provide school planting sites please contact Phil Dillon, MTC Community Services manager on 010515263705 or email woodendcwp@gmail.com”.

Val Bridges (FOMD member and leader of Maghull Parish Hall) added that: “We would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone involved, particularly the following:

• Paul Pruden and his Ashworth Hospital Gardening Team for several hours rotovating some of the perimeter and planting some of the hedging.

• Neil McMahon (senior project officer for TCV pictured) and his team who stayed for the whole day. Neil was fantastic in providing a magical experience for the children in his presentation and support.

• Hudson Primary School’s brilliant children and teachers (pictured) for all their morning work and Andrea Watkins (FOMD member & Morrisons manager) who provided Christmas selection boxes to all the children.

• The cheerful and hard-working local morning volunteers: James, Mark and Stephen, and in the afternoon – Dave.

• Alec Spencer (MCT Amenities manager) and his two colleagues Rob and Paul who did a fantastic job of the hedge in the morning rain.

• St Gregory’s Primary School and Bumbles Nursery for being so supportive but could not make it as planned due to the worsening weather in the afternoon.

• Finally immense gratitude to Mersey Forest (72 free trees), The Tree Council (free mature trees) and Yates Construction (£575 for 1,350 hedge trees), and thank you to MTC for the border rope and stakes (to be installed later by Ashworth Hospital).”

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