School puts down roots alongside river

Youngsters from Tarporley Primary School planted dozens of trees with Cheshire Wildlife Trust alongside the river Weaver, thanks to the Co-operative Membership.
The green-fingered gang of 12 children and teacher Richard Clark joined the charity’s People and Wildlife Officer, Nick Rowles at the Dutton Park Farm reserve.
The Dutton Viaduct which towers over the reserve has been home to peregrine falcons in the past.
A variety of native trees including oak, birch and rowan were planted – a valuable addition in what is Britain’s least wooded county.
Cheshire currently has just 6.4% of woodland cover, compared to a wider average of around 10%.
Richard Clark from Tarporley Primary School added: “It was a fabulous experience for the children who thoroughly enjoyed the morning.
“Knowledge and awareness of environmental issues is an important part of the primary curriculum and getting hands on brings it to life. The role of the wildlife trust is vital as it provides access to expertise and experiences.”
A recent announcement by the Government has secured public forests like Delamere for the future, however Cheshire Wildlife Trust has concerns that plans for the HS2 northern ‘Y’ route may reduce resources of ancient woodlands at a number of sites.