This week we celebrated planting our 1000th tree in our fabulous grounds here at Saltergate since 2022.
Our fantastic students, staff, parents and volunteers have planted an incredible 1,030 saplings around the school’s perimeter, which will in time grow into a wonderful ‘mini forest’ and hedgerow wilderness. These areas are vitally important for creating habitats for a variety of wildlife, increasing biodiversity, along with helping to capture pollution.
Our teacher, Mrs Jess Lovatt who took a lead on this project, has said: “Our pupils are passionate about helping the environment and were enthusiastic about getting involved. This project has also been fantastic in not only boosting nature and wildlife on our already very green site, but for the health and wellbeing of the students involved.”
Headteacher, Mrs Hall, has praised the efforts of staff and children, adding “It has also been a lovely way for children to leave a lasting legacy at the school. We look forward to the children of Saltergate learning about all the trees and hedgerows we have planted, and seeing the changes across our school site as the years go by. We have thoroughly enjoyed this project and are so grateful for the opportunity for our students to connect with the nature around them here at Saltergate.”
We would like to say a special thanks to the Woodland Trust, Orchards for Schools-Tree Council and Yorkshire Gardens Trust, whose generous donations have allowed us to reach this milestone.