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Derby Youngsters Discover the Secret Life of Trees

Monday, 5th February 2007

Students from Merrill College were on hand to help children from Nightingale Infants School discover the secret life of trees today (Monday 5 February), at Rosliston Forestry Centre.

Led by staff from South Derbyshire District Council’s Environmental Education Project, the students (all studying BTEC Early Years and Childcare, with an option in Environmental Studies) helped the infants discover how trees grow, the function of the leaves, what the fruit and bark of different trees look like and which animals live in and around trees. After spending time in the classroom they went out into the woodland armed with their spotter sheets to search for the mini-beasts that make the trees their home.

As part of their day in The National Forest the children also planted trees with leading conservation charity BTCV on a new Woodland Trust site at Botany Bay. The visit was part of the Woodland Trust’s Tree for All in The National Forest project, delivered by the National Forest Company, BTCV, the Forestry Commission and the Woodland Trust. Nationwide, over five years the Tree for All initiative will give every schoolchild in the country the chance to plant a tree. So far, in the third year of Tree for All, over 2600 children from Birmingham, Derby and local Forest schools have planted over 5000 trees in The National Forest.