New Mills pupils plant trees to commemorate war centenary

Children at New Mills St Mary's Catholic Primary School planted cherry trees to commemorate World War One, pictured are from left Grace McManus, Amy Witts, Finley Jarvis and Jack Jarvis watched by children of Class 1
Children at New Mills St Mary's Catholic Primary School planted cherry trees to commemorate World War One, pictured are from left Grace McManus, Amy Witts, Finley Jarvis and Jack Jarvis watched by children of Class 1

The memory of the First World War has been planted firmly in the minds of youngsters at a New Mills school.

In a once-in-a-generation tribute to commemorate the centenary of the Great War, and in line with their studies on the topic, the youngsters at St Mary’s Primary have planted new trees in the grounds of their Longlands Road school.

Children at New Mills St Mary's Catholic Primary School planted cherry trees to commemorate World War One, pictured is Finley Jarvis helping to plant one of the trees

Children at New Mills St Mary's Catholic Primary School planted cherry trees to commemorate World War One, pictured is Finley Jarvis helping to plant one of the trees

The mixture of cherry and silver birch trees were donated by the Woodland Trust, and are helping support the school’s bid for a special award as part of the Forest Schools initiative.

Headteacher Ann King said: “The trees have been planted in an area of the school grounds where the children can sit and reflect quietly, which we call the ‘quiet area’.”

She added: “Our children are very used to working in the outdoors and they have really enjoyed learning about the different types of trees - we are also starting an orchard and planting fruit trees - so it is all part of our long-term commitment to learning outdoors.”

New Mills School and Hayfield Primary School have also benefitted from the free trees scheme by The Woodland Trust.

Children at New Mills St Mary's Catholic Primary School planted cherry trees to commemorate World War One, pictured is Jack Jarvis helping to plant one of the trees

Children at New Mills St Mary's Catholic Primary School planted cherry trees to commemorate World War One, pictured is Jack Jarvis helping to plant one of the trees

Over the next four years the Trust is offering more than three million free trees to help communities, schools and youth groups create special, living memorials to commemorate the First World War.

Children at New Mills St Mary's Catholic Primary School planted cherry trees to commemorate World War One, pictured is Grace McManus planting one of the trees

Children at New Mills St Mary's Catholic Primary School planted cherry trees to commemorate World War One, pictured is Grace McManus planting one of the trees