Wadebridge School English Oak
This is one of The Tree Council’s 60 educational tree planting schemes with children that
were inspired by the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Each tree, provided by The Tree
Council, was chosen and planted by volunteers in the community.
Wadebridge is a small, friendly town in north Cornwall, with a population of around 8,000 people.
It is famous for the Camel Trail which is an old railway line that is now a beautiful route for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. One route heads towards the seaside town of Padstow, another inland towards Bodmin Moor.
A small group of students aged between 11 and 14 was selected through an application process to help with the
Jubilee tree planting.
The species Quercus robur (commonly known as the English oak) was carefully chosen for planting. It is a large deciduous tree with rugged branches and it will naturally live for a few centuries. This means it can be enjoyed by students for many years to come. It was decided to plant the oak at the front of the school so that students, staff, parents and visitors can benefit from its beauty.
The students were very excited when the tree arrived on 8th December. The days leading up to planting were wet and windy, but on the afternoon of 11th December the sun shone brightly through the clouds.
The group of students met at lunchtime to plant the tree, with the help of the school’s groundsman and a teacher. A photographer from the local newspaper, The Cornish Guardian, and some A-level students came to photograph and record the event.
The team worked together to dig a large hole, which was lined with compost and fertiliser to help the tree grow. Together they carefully lifted the tree into the hole and shovelled soil around it.
It was a great team effort and the students had a fabulous time. One commented: “I loved it! I loved getting muddy and digging up the ground because I had never done it before.”
Another stated: “It was great fun making friends in a different year group,
all having a go and not minding if we
Many saw the importance of volunteering for the project. One said:
“I did it because the tree will be here for ages so we can see it whenever we want, and to help make the world a better place as lots of trees are being cut down around the world.”
The students were responsible for monitoring the tree carefully for the rest of the school year and for watering it in the summer months.
After the planting, the students enjoyed a late lunch together before returning to afternoon lessons.
The tree planting team consisted of Lauryn Howard, Fleur Mitchell, Poppy Brown, Bella Randall, Jack Pompa, Phoebe Crawford, Lucy Tiplady, Brooke Gamon and Ben Trevains. Team leaders were Charlotte Bassett, Daniel Powell and Chris Wilson.
Photographs - top to bottom:
- 1. The Jubilee Diamond Tree, an English oak.
- 2. Working hard as a team.
- 3. The tree planters dig the hole.
- 4. Our Jubilee tree, safely in the ground.