New trees for city school

Young gardeners at George Washington Primary School, Washington, lifting their first crop of potatoes and onions from the school garden. Pictured l-r are Leah Mason (10), Rebecca Ross (8), Adian O'Brien (8) and Bradley Welvin (9).

Young gardeners at George Washington Primary School, Washington, lifting their first crop of potatoes and onions from the school garden. Pictured l-r are Leah Mason (10), Rebecca Ross (8), Adian O'Brien (8) and Bradley Welvin (9).

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GREEN-FINGERED pupils are getting to the root of caring for trees – both indoors and out.

 Youngsters at George Washington Primary School are busy turning their hands to gardening in a bid to create an outdoor area with trees and plants.

As well as tending to the plants they already have in the grounds of the Well Bank Road school, the youngsters have also joined Raise A Tree, which is an online programme teaching them how to care for and grow trees.

Raise A Tree helps children learn about environmental topics, such as recycling, water efficiency and renewable energy in a game-based way as they win points to help their virtual trees grow healthily.

The more activity questions pupils answer correctly, the better their virtual trees grow, meaning there is a huge incentive for pupils to study and complete activities in their own time at home.

Andrew Stephenson, founder of the Raise A Tree site, went along to the school to hold workshops with the children.

He also donated a number of real trees for the children to plant in their outdoor garden.

Richard Dutton, a teacher at the school who is co-ordinating the garden project, said: “We were really pleased to have Andrew come along to work with the children.

“We want to create a successful school garden and are busy applying to various organisations for funding.”