April 15, 2024

Ysgol Tir Morfa pupils have dug deep to lend a helping hand to nature at their school.

Pupils joined together with Denbighshire County Council’s Countryside Service and Climate Change teams to create a new woodland area at the Ffordd Derwen site.

The work is part of a drive to increase biodiversity and tree canopies across schools to help nature’s recovery and provide an educational wellbeing outdoor area for the youngsters.

Ysgol Tir Morfa is one of eight schools that overall will be receiving over 8,000 trees, including hedgerows and fruit trees, to provide better habitat spaces for nature to benefit from as well as 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.

The planting of the trees is also supporting the Council’s drive to reduce the county’s carbon footprint by contributing to the amount of carbon sequestered (or absorbed).

It will provide other benefits around schools including improved air quality, urban heat cooling, improved physical and mental wellbeing for pupils and staff, and areas of mixed interest for education and play.

The Council’s Biodiversity team are also continuing to work with schools throughout the year to help develop areas on school grounds to support nature and the learning and wellbeing for pupils and staff.

Over 50 trees were planted at Ysgol Tir Morfa, a mix of broadleved species to create the woodland and fruit trees for an orchard. These will help to enhance support for nature on the site and provide areas for outdoor education for pupils.

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

Cllr Barry Mellor, Lead Member for Environment and Transport and Biodiversity Champion, said: “I am really pleased to see Ysgol Tir Morfa pupils continuing to support nature at their school as I know they are very keen to do their bit to support our local environment. Having this increased area is important for nature’s recovery and a great asset to support the wellbeing of pupils at the school.”