29th April 2002

 

AN ACORN FOR MATHEW

 

A Lincolnshire School of Agriculture student has won a new award after designing a woodland for William Farr School in Welton. 

 

The Acorn Award for the Farr Ever Green Woodland Initiative brings together pupils from the school and second-year National Diploma Forestry & Arboriculture students from the University of Lincoln to work on the development of the school’s 3.5 hectare woodland site.

 

The university’s forestry students were responsible for creating individual designs for the woodland as part of their National Diploma unit in silviculture, whilst the Welton school pupils were tasked with finding a name for the project.

 

After months of research and planning, Mathew Graham (17), of Church Lane, Mablethorpe won through and was awarded the Acorn Award by head teacher Paul Strong. 

 

For their project names the school’s year seven pupils received cash prizes which they   donated to a local charity.

 

The presentation, held at the William Farr School, was attended by Simon Pickett, head of science at William Farr school, Clive Bound, head of further education at the Lincolnshire School of Agriculture, John Hendrie, woodland officer for the Forestry Commission and John Smallwood from the school’s conservation group.

 

Hand-carved from Lincolnshire oak and on a base of cathedral oak, the acorn was crafted by a local carpenter especially for the occasion.

 

“The aim of the project is to convert the woodland into a long-term sustainable educational resource,” said Steve Fox, project co-ordinator. “When completed, the woodland should benefit the pupils, the school and the local community.

 

“All the designs were excellent, but Mathew’s encompassed everything required.”

 

For further details about the project please contact Steve Fox on 01522 895418.

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Gill Noakes, Press Assistant, University of Lincoln

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