planting initiative at Concord

Monday December 6, 2021

On Wednesday, in a collaboration between the College’s Eco groups and the Grounds Team, the outdoor basketball courts became the site of a massive tree planting effort. Concord’s staff and students had the opportunity to pot up a sapling of their own for the College. The aim was to grow young trees for the future. Concord’s campus is already blessed with a range of beautiful trees, Head Groundsman Mr Humphreys explained: “We have over six-hundred trees on site.  We have some very old trees, with one tree, a Veteran Oak, measuring 7.4m around the trunk.” The new trees will be used as replacements when needed and there is also plenty of room to grow more trees to continually improve our environment. The saplings are all species commonly found in the Shropshire countryside, Oak, Cherry, Hawthorn, Sycamore, Silver Birch, Copper Beech, Field Maple, Common Lime, Every Green Oak and Sweet Chestnut. Once potted up, students and staff attached a tree-tag with a unique number to their sapling. The tag numbers have been recorded alongside the name of the student or staff member who planted it and the variety of tree. Over time, the record will be updated when the tree is planted out. In years to come, people will be able to find out what happened to their tree, and hopefully, when returning to Concord as alumni, visit it. Over 400 young trees were potted up by students and staff. These will now be cared for in a poly tunnel until they are ready to be planted out. It was not only about trees here in Shropshire though, students planting their Concord tree were asked to sponsor the planting of a tree in the Amazon. Wednesday’s tree planting initiative at Concord raised funds for over 370 trees to be planted in Loreto and Ucayali, the regions of Peruvian Rainforest where the charity Plant Your Future works. Plant Your Future helps farmers in the Peruvian Amazon to transform deforested and degraded land into productive agroforestry systems. Agroforestry combines agriculture with forestry. Native fruit and timber trees are planted alongside short-term crops, meaning that the project can improve the ecological health of deforested areas whilst supporting the livelihoods of local farming communities. Concord's Mrs Charles, who is co-lead of the Eco Committee was delighted with the day: “Our first ever Tree Day was an uplifting, positive and incredibly popular event. It was wonderful to see the enthusiasm and excitement amongst the students as they eagerly got their hands dirty potting their sapling into our homemade compost. Planting their own trees clearly held huge significance for them and was symbolic of the small difference each individual can make in the world, which when combined have the potential for huge change.” Despite some rather cold and wet weather, everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. Said 6.1 student and member of Eco-Club, Penelope:  “First of all, it is a very meaningful activity as it is our contribution as a College for helping to save and preserve the Amazon rainforest. It's a small step but definitely an important one. I feel really proud and glad to be one of the volunteers in the activity. Even though the rain was pouring, it was amazing to see so many people who turned up and planted their trees! This day is definitely one of my greatest memories at Concord and I hope we will have more activities like this in the future!” Click here to view the photo gallery.