Children plant Rowan tree for World Soil Day

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Southcott Lower, known for its lovely setting, now has even more trees to enrich its environment. In addition to 30 saplings kindly donated by the Woodland Trust, the British Society of Soil Science generously provided a tree to celebrate World Soil Day.

Ruben Sakrabani from Cranfield University visited the school on World Soil Day to help the children plant the two-metre Sorbus Aucuparia, better known as a Rowan tree.

Mr Sakrabani also spoke to members of the school’s lunchtime gardening club about the complexities of soil and its role in promoting healthy plants.

Helen Wilson, Eco- Schools co-ordinator, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for our children to take part in this national event. Not only did they find out about the secret life of soil, but they helped to plant a sapling. We look forward to caring for the new addition to our lovely school grounds and watching it grow.”

Headteacher Sarah Laundy added: “I’m delighted that we have been given a Rowan tree. Its berries will attract provide winter feed for wild birds.”