A beautiful evergreen oak tree has taken root in a primary school in Catherington to symbolise the support it has shown for an environmental campaign.
Kingscourt School has hosted the Catherington Greening Campaign since it was founded two years ago – and now they have been repaid with the donation of a Holm Oak. The tree, which will eventually grow up to 27 metres, is unusual in that it is an evergreen so doesn’t shed its leaves.
Holly Burton, the campaign’s secretary, says: ‘We are thrilled to see this tree planted here and look forward to watching it grow.
‘The school has been kindly hosting our group since its inception two years ago so we wanted to show our appreciation. We thought that this splendid oak would both further our aims and thank the school to whom we are very grateful. We do hope that our magnificent oak tree will become an integral part of the garden here at Kingscourt School and something for the surrounding community to enjoy as well as all of the pupils who come here to learn.’
The sapling, which is already 4 metres tall, was planted by head boy Samson Carroll, and head girl Georgie Johnson.
Samson, 11, says: ‘This is quite an honour to be planting a tree which will remain here at our school for hundreds of years we hope.’
Georgie, 11, says: ‘I’ve never planted any kind of tree before so to be starting with an oak tree is really something special.’
Kingscourt School is lucky to have many interesting trees in its garden which date from when the building was occupied by Admiral Hood, a former owner of the Georgian building and friend of Admiral Lord Nelson.
But like many areas of woodland, several trees were uprooted during the storm of 1987 and more recently trees were taken down due to instability caused by disease.
Jacky Easton, Kingscourt head, says: ‘We will take great care of it so that the local community can enjoy it for many years to come.’
The campaign was set up by local people who aim to find ways to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and encourage others to adopt more sustainable lifestyles.