OVER 400 trees were planted by children from three Falmouth schools as part of a national project to rejuvenate a wooded valley on the outskirts of the town.
Pupils from St Francis Church of England School, St Mary’s Catholic School and Falmouth School also planted daffodil bulbs at Tregoniggie Woodland last week.
“Without an ongoing programme of new tree planting, the woodland would eventually decline,” said local ecologist Euan McPhee.
“It will also give the pupils an opportunity to watch the trees that they planted grow.
“And what better way to help them develop a connection with their local environment and, hopefully, feel more responsible for it.”
Some children will also be planting daffodils, kindly donated by local grower Ron Scamp, at the entrances to the woodland.
Before planting them the children made a wish and wrote it on a slip of paper to be planted under the bulb.
The trees have been provided by the Woodland Trust as part of their Community Tree Planting Project being rolled out across the country.
The trees include native species such as hawthorn, hazel, whitebeam, rowan and silver birch.
It is hoped that this will be the beginning of regular volunteer involvement in helping to maintain and improve the woodland through newly-formed group, The Friends of Tregoniggie Woodland.
For more details about The Friends, contact Mr McPhee on 01326 219008.