13th November 2002




A tree-planting ceremony will take place at the William Farr School in Welton tomorrow (14th November) to commemorate the start of work on the Farr Ever Green Woodland Project.


The project was designed to develop the school’s 3.5 hectare woodland site which is used not only by pupils at the school but also by members of the local communities of Welton and Dunholme.


The planning for the project began 16 months ago when National Diploma Forestry and Arboriculture students from the Lincolnshire School of Agriculture began designing plans for the woodland area as part of their ND unit in silviculture.


The winning design was chosen in April this year by the school’s Head Teacher, Paul Strong.  National Diploma student Mathew Graham (17) of Church Lane, Mablethorpe was presented with the Acorn Award for his outstanding work.


Paul will be joined by the Director of Lincolnshire School of Agriculture, Clive Bound and woodland officer for the Forestry Commission, John Hendrie as they plant the tree which has been donated by the Riseholme Park Plant Centre.


The thirteen students from the National Diploma course will now begin the work of converting the designs into a landscape which all will be able to enjoy.


Project co-ordinator and National Diploma course leader, Steve Fox, said: “The primary objective of the project is to create a woodland resource which provides both recreational and educational facilities for the school and the community.


“We are very grateful to the Forestry Commission who have part-funded the project and helped us create a very successful partnership between a Further Education establishment, a main stream school and the forestry industry.”



For more information contact:


Gill Noakes, Press Assistant, University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886244 or Email: gnoakes@lincoln.ac.uk

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