A fruitful week for St Benedict’s


Following on from the planting of hundreds of bulbs to create a natural meadow area on their school field in the Autumn, children, staff and parents from St Benedict's RC Primary School in Handforth have again donned their wellies and gardening gloves to plant 13 fruit trees and 60 Leylandii trees on their school field.

The planting project has been initiated by Handforth Woodland Group, a motivated team of Handforth residents, who have come together to plant trees and shrubs all over Handforth in a bid to reduce the carbon from the atmosphere and offset the carbon dioxide we are putting into it.

The group has been raising funds, gaining sponsorship and identifying and agreeing locations for planting new trees and shrubs.

The Chair Ian Clark said, "It's been very rewarding working with schools as they are at the heart of our community. Our next project is a tree planter in Handforth centre on 18th March 2020 at 15.00. The Mayor of East Cheshire Barry Burkhill will attend and all are welcome."

St Benedict's headteacher, Hannah McGuire, said: "Children from years 5 and 6 have already been outdoors planting the fruit trees to create a mini orchard, and we have had help from staff and parents to plant all the Leylandii trees around the edge of the field.

"We are keen to do anything we can to help make Handforth a greener place in which to live, and attempt to protect our planet for future generations."

St Benedicts School