Sherwood Primary School - SPAR Christmas Trees

Pupils and staff at a Preston primary school have been given Christmas trees to plant by Spar and James Hall & Co.

The surplus Spar trees were donated after James Hall & Co wanted to put the trees to good use, and chose Sherwood Forest School because of the school’s focus on outdoor learning.

Year 5 teacher and Forest School Leader, Michael Stanton, said: “We’re grateful to Spar and James Hall & Co. Ltd for the donation of Christmas Trees and they will go a long way to enhancing the school surroundings after the recent loss of some of our Ash trees.

“As a country we don’t look after nature as much as we ought to, and our children are spending less and less time in the outdoors. Here at Sherwood, we have dedicated days of education in the outdoors for skills development to improve this. This is boosted further as the outdoors runs as theme across all curriculum areas, and we also have our extracurricular school Eco Club.”

A number of trees were recently lost to Ash dieback at the school and the new trees will be planted by students to replace them.

Year 5 pupil Zakariyya Adam, 10, said: “Planting trees helps the environment, and helps everything in that environment from animals to bugs. We have a lot of trees at home as well, and we grow fruit including strawberries. I like the satisfaction of seeing it grow.”

Freya Houghton, also 10 and in Year 5, added: “I wanted to be involved in planting the trees as I love the outdoors and I help plant flowers in the garden at my grandad’s. It’s fun and I find it a good way to relax. It is also a nice feeling when you have finished and you see all the colour.”

Marketing manager at James Hall & Co, Tom Murphy, commented: “It’s fantastic to see the children at Sherwood are so aware of the environment around them and that they were so keen to help with the digging and planting of the Christmas Trees.

“Nurturing our neighbourhoods and passionate about local are two of Spar’s brand pillars, so I am delighted that we have been able to support Sherwood Primary School’s green agenda.”