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Greenfingered pupils dig deep to plant trees at school

Grounds Maintenace Operative David Wootton planting trees with pupils from Callicroft Primary School

Greenfingered pupils from a Patchway Primary School have been getting their hands dirty planting new trees in the school grounds.

The Year 2 pupils from Callicroft Primary School spent one morning last week planting eight fruit trees alongside staff from local housing association Merlin and its contractors Keepmoat. The trees were provided by Merlin as part of the social value of it's ongoing project to refurbish its non-traditional homes.

Special Projects Manager Mark Sherwood said: “We had a great time with the Callicroft pupils who loved helping to plant the trees. They asked lots of questions and it was great to see their enthusiasm. Hopefully they enjoy seeing them grow and flourish over the next few years and can maybe use the fruit in cookery classes.

“Our refurbishment project is continuing well and we recently celebrated the completion of work at our 500th home. As well as installing new insulation we’re also carrying out other external work to properties, including fitting new wooden shed doors. We planted these trees at the school to offset the wood that’s been used to make these doors.”

Dale Powell, Social Value Officer at Keepmoat Regeneration said: “The day was fantastic and the area where the planting took place was perfect. We hope the green space will provide a great little haven for the fruit trees to flourish and will become a habitat for a variety of local species.”

Over the past two years 50 homes in Patchway have received new external insulation to keep them warmer in winter and cooler in summer. The next phase of the project is due to get underway later this year which will involve refurbishments to 144 homes, mostly in the Thornbury and Filton areas.

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