May 26, 2024

Ysgol Glan Clwyd pupils have helped grow stronger help for nature at the school.

Roots have been put down for a new woodland area on the schools ground by pupils working alongside Denbighshire County Council’s Countryside Service biodiversity officers and rangers.

The youngsters took part in the work which is ongoing across county schools to help increase biodiversity and tree canopies to aid nature’s recovery and provide an educational wellbeing outdoor area for the pupils.

Ysgol Glan Clwyd is one of eight schools that overall will receive over 8,000 trees, including hedgerows and fruit trees, to provide better habitat spaces to support local nature s well as outdoor spaces for learning to help pupil wellbeing.

This work has received funding from an £800,000 grant from the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

This year’s crop of school tree planting also helps Council’s drive to reduce the county’s carbon footprint by contributing to the amount of carbon sequestered (or absorbed).

Increasing the woodland canopy at Ysgol Glan Clwyd and other schools will also help improve air quality, provide urban heat cooling, support improved physical and mental wellbeing for pupils and staff, and areas of mixed interest for education and play.

Denbighshire County Council’s Biodiversity and Climate Change teams are also continuing to work with schools throughout the year to help develop areas on school grounds to further improve support for nature and the learning and wellbeing for pupils and staff.

Over 2,400 trees are this week being planted at Ysgol Glan Clwyd , a mix of native broadleaved woodland species and local Welsh variety fruit trees.

Cllr Barry Mellor, Lead Member for Environment and Transport and Biodiversity Champion, said: “Well done to the pupils for rolling up their sleeves to make a difference for local nature on their school ground. Having more woodland areas is so important for nature’s recovery and a brilliant addition to help support the wellbeing of pupils and staff at the school.”