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Harrogate pupils plant hundreds of trees to boost school's biodiversity

Environmentally-active Ashville College pupils have planted hundreds of trees on its Harrogate grounds to help boost on-site biodiversity.

Environmentally-active Ashville College pupils have planted hundreds of trees on its Harrogate grounds to help boost on-site biodiversity. In an ongoing partnership with the Woodland Trust, pupils under the supervision of the independent school’s grounds team added 420 native British trees. A mixture of hazel, blackthorn, crab apple, dog rose and rowan trees have been planted to create a hedge running adjacent to one of Ashville's sports pitches and a public footpath. This is in addition to 500 native trees that were planted last November to enhance existing hedges or establish new ones to the southwest edge of the 64-acre campus. Annual tree-plantings are among many initiatives led by the College’s dedicated Green Committee, which works hard to encourage pupils to think about how their actions can either harm or benefit the environment. Cathy Price, Ashville College Green Committee lead, said:

“The latest round of tree planting and the Fairtrade stall have come at the end of an extremely busy term for Green Committee members. “Climate change and the environment have been on everyone’s radar, and this is going to continue. By making even small changes to our daily routines, collectively we make a big difference to the environment in which we live, work and go to school.”
The Woodland Trust has provided all the trees as part of its Big Climate Fightback campaign, which has so far seen more than 1.8 million trees planted by schools, community groups and businesses around the UK. Read more local stories from Your Harrogate here.

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