Last week, year 4 pupils from Green Gates Primary helped plant the first trees to create a community orchard named Pippin Community Orchard, which will eventually have 400 fruit trees, as part of an ambitious plan to plant 19,000 trees right across the borough.

The pupils and members of the local community planted the trees in the Donkey Field, in the historic Kirkleatham area in Redcar. The children also took the chance to learn about how important trees are for our environment and now have the opportunity to attend grafting workshops meaning they can plant their own trees on their school grounds.

Cabinet Member for Climate Change, Environment and Culture, Cllr Louise Westbury, said:

“It’s wonderful to see our children so enthusiastically doing their bit by planting trees and learning about why they are so essential for wildlife, pollination and so much more.”

Well done Y4!