Sunderland youngsters plant trees to spruce up their community
Youngsters at a Sunderland school are digging deep to promote health and wellbeing in their community.
The school council of Dame Dorothy Primary have planted trees around the perimeter of the school field to not only improve the look of the site, but to also help the environment.
And, members of the community, including representatives of nearby businesses, were invited along to get their hands dirty in the tree planting scheme.
Coun Barry Curran, who took part in the day, said: “It was wonderful to work alongside the children from Dame Dorothy in the huge tree planting project within the school grounds.
“The children worked with members of the Woodland Trust and volunteers from a local gym, Fitness 2000, who gave up their time to assist.”
Coun Curran thanked Tom and Sue Parkin, who run Sue’s Cafe, for sponsoring the event and continuing to support the school.
Headteacher Iain Williamson said: “The tree planting has helped to raise awareness of why trees are so important for the environment.
“Our children enjoyed working with Groundworks to gain knowledge on tree planting.
“The project has created great community links with Fitness 2000 as well as our strong relationship we already have with Sue’s Café.
“We very much look forward to our next community venture with the businesses in the Roker promenade.
Robert Hutchinson, from Sue’s Cafe, said: “I had a great day with the school, helping plant trees with the children while raising environmental awareness and discussing issues of pollution.
“Great fun with an important message. It was lovely to combine Sue’s Cafe and Fitness 2000, two local business, as I feel it creates a pride in the area throughout the community and the younger generation and I look forward to many future projects.”
Les Ojugbana, from Fitness 2000, said: “What a fantastic afternoon we had spent with the kids at Dame Dorothy School, we were over the moon to be invited over to help assist the kids in planting some trees around the school playground.
“It’s vital that businesses in the area do their little bit in giving back to the community, and what a great way for us to do so, by assisting our future generation in taking hold of their environment and helping preserve and develop nature.
“And, I must say what a great bunch of kids they were. It was a total pleasure working with them. The school and their parents should be extremely proud of them all.”