More than sixty thousand hazelnuts and hundreds of thousands of native tree seeds were hand-scattered by local children across eight acre of the site as part of our free outdoor learning days offered to schools across the county.
The special local schools week saw more than 400 five and six-year-old children taking part from local primary schools.
As part of the day’s activities, the children scattered a variety of seeds. Hand picked hazelnuts formed the bulk of the planting but the children also sowed hundreds of thousands of smaller seeds from ash to birch, field maple, hawthorn, blackthorn, hornbeam and dogrose.
The Trust’s Woodland Discovery Days programme aims to make learning about the UK’s natural environment fun, interactive and engaging and to provide schoolchildren with better access to woodland. It also encourages youngsters to get outdoors more to learn and explore, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds who may not have as many opportunities to visit their local wood or countryside.
The seed scattering kicks off this year’s tree planting season and with 85,000 sapling trees to plant before the end of March there will be plenty of ways for you to get involved. Check out our poster on the events tab for our community tree planting events and get the dates in your diary!