Carnock pupils take to the trees

Pupils at Carnock Primary School planted  out a native woodland area
Pupils at Carnock Primary School planted out a native woodland area

Pupils at Carnock Primary School have celebrated National Tree Week by planting out a native woodland area on a housing development site owned by Kingdom Housing Association in Carnock village.

During the design stages for the new community wooded area the school held a competition to design a logo for the project which was then produced as a signboard and installed during National Tree Week. Pupils also participated in several education sessions with the Ecology Centre to plant, stake and install guards for 138 trees - all native species, such as Rowan, Hawthorn and Silver Birch.

The tree planting project took place on Kingdom Housing Association’s future development site on the outskirts of Carnock and aims to enhance any future development in the longer term. The trees were planted on the North West corner of the site to thicken the existing hedge in order to strengthen the boundary between the villages of Carnock and Oakley.

Bill Banks, depute chief executive with Kingdom Housing Association said: “We have an ongoing programme of various partnership projects with Schools in Fife and although the site in Carnock will not be developed for housing for many years, it is great for us to be able to work with Carnock Primary School on this project, which will contribute to our sustainability objectives and help foster awareness amongst the pupils of environmental issues.”

A further session with the pupils is planned for Spring next year when they will learn about the importance of trees and how to look after them.

Douglas Maxwell, operations manager at the Ecology Centre said: “The Ecology Centre is delighted to be working in partnership with KHA and Carnock Primary School on such a worthwhile project. As an environmental education charity we know the benefits of planting trees and the importance that a pleasant, green environment has on the health of the community.”

Mary Bell, head teacher at Carnock Primary School said: “The pupils and staff of Carnock Primary are very proud of the eco work they carry out in school and were delighted to be involved in this project. The children have thoroughly enjoyed planting the trees and are looking forward to revisiting the site in the summer to see how the trees have grown.”