Tree planting scheme takes root


The vision of an urban woodland has begun to take shape on the playing fields of two Carlisle schools. The  initiative was originally designed to incorporate a tree-planting scheme as part of the ASDAN programmes running at the Gillford Centre. However it also led to the development of a hazel coppice at the James Rennie School.

This first stage will be developed at both sites to encourage the growth of hedging and to plant a variety of trees. This project will take the time to develop the trees on a rotational cycle designed to create wooded areas of different ages and encourage wildlife to use the areas.

Kris Williams, deputy headteacher at the James Rennie School, thanked the students for their work in the sensory garden. "They worked with the group of James Rennie students in an extremely sensitive way, taking into account their severe learning needs and helping them to plant trees as equals," he said.

Richard Rhodes, a specialist teacher from the Gillford Centre, added: "This unexpected benefit to both schools and both sets of students clearly demonstrates how ASDAN funding can be an agent for change. We can only thank ASDAN for the chance to create not one, as proposed, but two wooded areas that will enhance the training opportunities of students and the school environment, while promoting schools working together to share resources."