Birdham pupils plant trees for conservancy milestone

Pupils from Birdham Primary School's blue class help to plant an oak tree with Georgie Siddle, Siun Cranny, headteacher Peter Johnson and Keith Rathbone
Pupils from Birdham Primary School's blue class help to plant an oak tree with Georgie Siddle, Siun Cranny, headteacher Peter Johnson and Keith Rathbone
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Pupils from Birdham Primary School helped plant an oak tree to celebrate Chichester Harbour Conservancy’s 40th anniversary year.

To celebrate its inception in 1971, the conservancy is planting 40 oak trees throughout the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Birdham School, an eco-school within the AONB, were pleased to support the initiative by having a tree planted alongside the school driveway.

Pupils from the blue class - years five and six – met with two of the conservancy’s rangers. The rangers helped them dig a hole, showed the pupils how to arrange the roots and gave advice on caring for the tree as it grows.

A special medallion was hung on the tree denoting it was one of the 40 Oaks for 40 Years.

Siun Cranny, director of the conservancy said: “We are delighted to share our celebrations with local schools, parish councils and landowners. We chose oak trees as they are an iconic part of the harbour’s precious landscape.”

Chichester Harbour Conservancy was set up by Act of Parliament in 1971 to manage both the harbour and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The Conservancy has an ongoing programme of tree planting to create new woodlands and hedgerows.