Planting day at Westminster CofE Primary School, Bradford
Westminster CofE Primary School, Bradford was one of the locations visited by the Tree Appeal team as part of Santander's 2009 tree planting activities.
In November, Santander planted 1000 broad leaf trees in schools across the UK, helping pupils and students to make the world a greener place.
Staff from local Santander offices were on hand to help the children plant the trees in their school grounds.
Westminster Primary School is an inner city primary in Bradford, with 407 students on roll. There is a great cultural diversity to the school, with the majority of students being from ethnic minority backgrounds, including Polish, Pakistani, Indian and Bangladeshi.
The school has ambitions to create a wildlife area that will become an outdoor teaching resource for the whole school, including a growing area, orchard, sensory garden and nature trail, leading to a bog garden. The Tree Appeal trees created a hedgerow to complement this scheme, and to encourage birds and wildlife into the area.
A Year 1 teacher said that the wildlife area is “a wonderful opportunity for hands on learning for our students,” giving them the chance to experience nature first hand.
The planting day was a great success and the children very much enjoyed the planting, with one Year 4 boy describing it as “very exciting.” Another child got up very early on the day, ready with his wellies, saying “Yeah, I’m planting trees today!”