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Wincanton pupils helped plant new trees at Cale Park

Saturday 26 January 2019, 12:00
By Dave Smith

Wincanton Primary School pupils planting a tree at Wincanton's Cale Park recreationg round

On Thursday 24th January 2019, children from Wincanton Primary School, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Primary School and King Arthur’s School joined Wincanton Town Council to help plant 14 new trees at the Cale Park recreation ground.

The Council-led group tasked with planning development of the recreation ground envisioned an avenue of trees along the footpath that leads to the skate park, similar to the one along Cemetery Lane. In the end it was decided there was only room for trees on one side of the path.

A team from South Somerset District Council carried out the planting with help from pupils from all three of Wincanton's schools. During the event the children were given information on the trees they were planting, which included Acer camppestre (Field Maple), Aesculus indica (Indian Horse Chestnut), and Quercus coccinea (Scarlet Oak).

A team from SSDC driving in a stake

The children were split into groups, each given the opportunity to help fill in the earth around the roots of one of the trees, tie its trunk to a supporting stake with a strap and hammer in a nail to fasten the three.

The planting was another step in the Town Council’s ongoing plan to invest in the redevelopment of the recreation ground, which has taken big strides in recent years with the refurbishment of the play area, the installation of a new footbridge over the River Cale to access the play area, and the replacement of the long-neglected communal shelter.

A pupil from Our Lady of Mount Carmel Primary School hammering in a nail to fasten the stake strap

Students from King Arthur's School planting a tree at Wincanton's Cale Park recreation ground

Wincanton Primary School pupils learning about the trees being planted

The completed line of new trees planted at Wincanton's Cale Park recreation ground

Pupils from all three of Wincanton's schools who helped plant new trees at the Cale Park recreation ground




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