Year 5 pupils from nearby Chivenor Primary School helped plant 10 new trees along the boundary of Javelin Avenue in Castle Vale, close to the nature reserve.
Chivenor have a ‘Forest School’ so there was no shortage of volunteers to help plant 5 beautiful Liquidambar (sweet gum) and 5 unusual hop hornbeams (Ostrya carpinifolia), which will bring colour to this open grassland area.
Several of the pupils live very close to this area and have promised that they will be checking on ‘their’ trees as they walk to and from school. Today they also uncovered lots of different treasures…….. an old matchbox toy car – buried probably for 10 years+, since the blocks of flats on this site were demolished; plus a very unusual spoon and lots of slate and granite chunks. (Most of these items went back with them to school!). You can see them hard at work via this link.
Our thanks to all our helpers today and the pupils of Chivenor Primary for helping us to ‘green up’ Castle Vale. BTFL also provided 250 sapling trees to the Community Environmental Trust who planted them with local families at an event earlier in the year.