Tree planting marks 80 years

. (left to right), Caitlyn House (nine), Joel Assi (eight), the Lord Lieutenant, James Scarborough of the study centre, and Councillor Peter Edgar of Hampshire County Council.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150039-2)
. (left to right), Caitlyn House (nine), Joel Assi (eight), the Lord Lieutenant, James Scarborough of the study centre, and Councillor Peter Edgar of Hampshire County Council.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150039-2)
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TREE planting marked the opening of a new £1.5m study centre.

Stubbington Study Centre has been teaching children about nature and the environment for 80 years and yesterday saw the opening of its new facilities.

Over the years, thousands of children have enjoyed residential trips away from their home and family at the centre, which is owned and managed by Hampshire County Council.

Yesterday The Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire Nigel Atkinson unveiled a commemorative plaque and planted a tree to mark the occasion.

Executive member for education Cllr Peter Edgar was also there.

He said: ‘I am delighted that £1.5m has been spent on excellent outdoor learning classroom facilities.

‘For the last 80 years it has served the children of this area very well and now, with its modern facilities, it has a secure future.’

Children took the visitors on a tour to see the new classrooms, before five different species of tree were planted.