Wild hedges planted at Havant school as part of big nature initiative

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Schoolchildren in Havant planted fruit trees and hedges as part of a new initiative to get back to nature.

Pupils and teachers from Trosnant Infant and Junior Schools, volunteers from Groundwork, Havant Borough Council, and the Tree Council joined forces with the Havant Tree Wardens to plant fruit trees, at least 500 hedges and fruit bushes at a pre-existing bare fence line at the school grounds.

The Tree Council partnered with the Federation of Trosnant Schools to plant wild urban hedges to make the benefits of natural hedges more widely known.

The project was launched last month to coincide with The Tree Council’s national tree week.

It is funded by the grant-making foundation Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.

Clive Mulligan from the Trosnant School said: ‘We are delighted to be the first schools in Britain to benefit from one of these wild hedges and it will form an invaluable part of our outdoor learning environment.

‘Over 400 children have had the 
chance to plant a tree and be involved in shaping the schools future learning environment.’

Tree Council programme director Jon Stokes said: ‘We normally think of urban hedges as formal clipped green boxes, but if planted with fruiting trees and bushes left to grow wild with minimum level of cutting, hedges can provide people with local, free, healthy food – for both people and wildlife.’