School plants 40 saplings to gain team very first tree
SOUTHBROOK School's Green Team are celebrating completing their first tree.
And trees are what have helped them gain leaves as the Green Team worked with Chris Moulton, the countryside officer for Exeter City Council to plant 40 saplings in Ludwell Valley Park.
They were able to compare the saplings with the same sort of trees Chris himself had planted in the same area 12 years ago!
Other achievements on the latest branch completed have included the Green Team being able to produce virtually an entirely home grown Christmas dinner.
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For the second year in a row the school – some 150 people – sat down to enjoy seven different kinds of vegetables, not including potatoes, which they had grown themselves on the school allotments.
And those allotments have been receiving extra special attention recently with the delivery of 6.85 tonnes of organic matter to supplement the compost which the school has produced itself from fruit waste at lunchtimes.
That was a lot of compost to shift, which everyone enjoyed – although there were some casualties.
Garden forks were hit hard. Not only was there the compost to dig into the allotments but there was also a bramble patch which had to be tackled.
Although the project was a success the garden forks are in a poor state. So much so that the £100 the Green Team members received for their latest success is likely to be spent on replacement gardening tools.
The cheque was presented by Sally Fryer, recycling officer for Exeter City Council, on behalf of Gregory Distribution, our Green Team sponsor.
Also counting towards the completion of the latest branch was the planting of bulbs in pots.
These were then presented to the residents of a home for the elderly which is close to the school.
The Green Team at Southbrook is also very good a checking the recycling bins in the classrooms.
They go through them carefully to check that they only contain recyclable materials and anything that should not be there is removed.