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School children mark the start of National Tree Week by planting 210 trees

Despite the poor weather yesterday, our pupils picked up their spades and planted trees to help tackle climate change. Fen Drayton Parish Council organised the planting in response to a report which highlighted the need to increase the numbers of trees in the area.


The report, published by Greater Cambridge Shared Partnership, shows that South Cambridgeshire villages have an average of 17% tree cover. Fen Drayton currently only has 6%. 


Jackie Isden, Fen Drayton Parish Councillor, said: “It is important to us that we are an environmentally responsible community. Historically, Fen Drayton was an agricultural village, which might explain the low numbers of trees in the area. But it also has a rich history of testing new forms of sustainable living. We knew we needed a plan to increase the tree coverage. This project is the start of that plan.”


The Woodland Trust provided 250 trees as part of their mission to support communities across the country to plant more trees. It comes after the BBC’s Countryfile programme launched Plant Britain - a two-year project to encourage communities to plant and grow trees in an effort to help tackle the climate crisis. 


We are delighted to be involved in a project to improve our local environment. It’s a wonderful opportunity for the children to be able to connect with nature and create a lasting legacy. The children will be able to watch the trees grow as they grow.


All children in the village have been given the opportunity to plant a tree and add a personalised plaque.


Jackie Isden said: “The children involved have a vested interest in caring for the trees and watching them grow. And we hope that it will encourage families to plant more trees and shrubs in their gardens.”