The Lower First Formers have been especially busy over lunchtimes this week as the School progresses with another phase of our planting scheme. Back in 2017/18 a total of 100 young native trees were planted in the onsite woodland area known to Whitgiftian’s as the Copse. These are now thriving.
This year, the plan is to significantly beat that number, and so far in January 2020, 50 young trees have been added to the site. A further 180 will be planted over the next fortnight by the students working alongside grounds and garden staff, teachers and support staff and the Headmaster.
The Copse is a really important part of the ecosystem at Whitgift, being home to a number of species of animals and insects, as well as contributing to the clean air on site.
Special thanks to Daniel Ratling (Head Groundsman) and James Mallett (Head Gardener) who have managed the project, and to those students and members of staff who have braved the muddy ground to get behind the scheme!