School children help local nature area to flourish

countesthorpe pupils 1Pupils from Leysland High School in Countesthorpe have been helping to plant 100 trees at Fosse Meadows nature area.

The tree planting marks the 20th anniversary of the Arboretum at Fosse Meadows, an area specifically for a collection of trees that have been grown for study or display.

The children aged between 10 and 14 planted the noble fir trees in an area of the Arboretum where noble firs were originally planted, but unfortunately didn’t survive.

This time the trees have been put in the ground early in the season with a group of volunteer rangers on hand to keep them weed free and help them thrive.

In recent years the Forestry Commission has been using the site for climate change study and training its officers on tree identifications.

Fosse Meadows is ideal due to the diverse collection of trees on site.

Cllr Sheila Scott, portfolio holder for Health Improvement and Leisure Services at Blaby District Council, said:

“It’s lovely to see the school children getting involved and helping the nature reserve to flourish. It’s really important we get young people interested in our woodland open spaces and wildlife as they are the next generation who will be managing these highly significant sites.

“Fosse Meadows is a beautiful place to visit and hopefully this will encourage more young people to both enjoy and appreciate a place that for many of them is on their doorstep.”

Photo: Pupils from Leysland High School

Pupils from Leysland High School in Countesthorpe

Jonathan Sleath, Headteacher at Leysland High School, said:

“We were delighted to be asked by the Council to be involved in the tree planting at Fosse Meadows.

Being local to us, we felt that our pupils and their families would benefit from the project, not just immediately, but for many years to come.

“Our pupils may even be able to take their own children in the future and show them the fruits of their labour. All of the students said it was a fantastic reward opportunity and a great community project.”

For more information, and to find out about volunteering opportunities at Fosse Meadows, contact James Poynton,

Green Space Engagement Officer at Blaby District Council. Email james.poynton@blaby.gov.uk or call 0116 272 7704.

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