Kingsmead students who take part in Forest School and those who are part of the Outdoor Education Partnership with the Holnicote Estate on Exmoor have been busy tree planting as part of the National Trust Riverlands Project.
The students have planted a variety of trees & shrubs including Wayfaring, Alder Buckthorn, Field Maple, Dogwood, Guelder Rose, Hawthorn and Blackthorn in small coops in an area behind Bossington beach where new priority habitat for nature is being created. Shrubs such as Alder Buckhorn & Dogwood provide a valuable food source for Brimstone and Green Hairstreak butterflies while Hawthorn & Blackthorn provide berries and fruit for wintering birds such as Redwings & Mistle thrush.
The tree planting exercise is part of a project funded by climate change charity 10:10 Climate Action. The project aims to use tree planting to demonstrate the benefits of woodland for climate change mitigation & adaptation and flood mitigation. These are key aspects of the Riverlands programme and the planting of 2600 trees on the estate as part of the work will do much to create improved habitat, sequester carbon dioxide and help slow the flow of water through the catchment.
Since September the students have undertaken a variety of conservation tasks which have helped with their learning and understanding of countryside management and nature friendly farming.
Amanda Di Trolio, Outdoor Education leader said, ‘’Our partnership with the Holnicote Estate is an incredibly valuable learning experience for the students and very inspirational for them to be involved with such fantastic projects as Riverlands”.