February 2010

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(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

Around 50 Writtle College horticultural students, studying on the First Diploma and National Diploma, braved icy conditions on Monday 8 February to plant 2,500 trees in just one morning.

This scheme is an ongoing project with college students. Charlotte Power, lecturer in Further Education Horticulture at the college, said; “We still have another 2,500 trees and shrubs to plant this year with a further 4,000 to be planted next year”. The scheme aims to create a new woodland and habitat area around the college reservoir.

With the help of horticultural Lecturers - Simon Grundy, Nigel Beckford and Simon Watkins - to guide students through a range of planting techniques the task was completed ahead of schedule. Technician Deb Hart and other members of the college Gardening Staff joined the melee to allow time for a coffee and cake break.

Ongoing work will include students from the Higher Education School of Horticulture at Writtle, as well as visiting students to the college who have special educational needs.

All this has been made possible with a generous donation from the organisation the International Tree Foundation. Plants were supplied by Wyevale Transplants.

Visitors are invited to come and see the Woodland in the making on Mothering Sunday 14 March when the college has a garden open day as part of the National Garden Scheme.