Pupils look forward to lessons in their own forest

Mark Westley Photography'Great Heath primary school Mildenhall, parents and children planting young trees to create a school wood. ANL-141116-092900009

Mark Westley Photography'Great Heath primary school Mildenhall, parents and children planting young trees to create a school wood. ANL-141116-092900009

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Parents and pupils from Mildenhall’s Great Heath Primary School have planted 400 trees which the school hopes in future will provide it with a forest classroom.

The trees, which include rowans, oaks, maple, sycamore and hawthorn, were donated by the Woodland Trust and planted in an area 20 metres square in the school’s extensive grounds.

Teacher Claire Broad said the idea of the initiative was to create the pupils’ own forest school.

“At the moment we take children into Mildenhall Woods as part of their learning experience but maybe the year after next they will be sitting in their own forest.” she said.

Around 20 parents helped pupils from Years 1 and 2 with the planting exercise which took around two hours to complete.