P3, 4 and 5 pupils from Catterline Primary planted trees in the village park last week, with help from staff from Aberdeenshire Council’s Lanscape Services.
The planting was the culmination of a year of hard work from the children. Thirty saplings were donated to the school by the Woodlands Trust in 2010, and have since been nurtured by pupils in the school grounds.
Members of the community were invited to sponsor the planting of the trees at the 2010 Catterline Gala to help raise some funds for the school, and pupils then wrote to the local Catkins football coaches, as well as the community council, for permission to plant their trees in the village park next to the school.
Pupils Lewis King and Amber Milne attended a Community Council meeting and outlined the benefits this would bring to the community in terms of the trees forming a windbreak and also a habitat for wildlife.
This was enthusiastically approved, and on January 20 staff from Aberdeenshrie Council’s Landscape Services helped the pupils to dig holes and plant the young trees