I went to St Bartholomew’s Primary School in West Pinchbeck today, to support Richard Knock, our grounds maintenance magician (he regularly pulls rabbits from hats) in a project he’s started.
The idea is to give a local school a number of trees, over 25 in this case, for pupils to adopt and care for. As the child grows so does their tree and they keep a record of it. Just like the child, when the tree is mature enough it will be moved out of the school to takes its place in the community, where the youngster can continue to keep an eye on it.
In the ideal world, both the child and the tree will grow up together and become an intergral part of our community. Can you imagine how much fun they will get from pointing to a 40 or 50 ft (sorry, 12 to 18 mt) tree and telling their own children they grew it!
Of course the children have to accept that their tree might not survive the rigours of life, as many of our local trees suffer from mindless vandlism – but that would also be a lesson in life for the youngster and might just help one or two to stay on the straight and narrow themselves.
I wish them all well – children and trees. Well done Richard! By the way, good luck with those Latin names kids!