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Tree planting day held at Tollgate Primary School in Bury St Edmunds

PUBLISHED: 13:07 13 February 2018 | UPDATED: 13:07 13 February 2018

Tollgate Primary School children are planting hundreds of trees at the school. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Tollgate Primary School children are planting hundreds of trees at the school. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Education is all about planting a seed but one west Suffolk primary school has taken that rather literally.

Pictured with his spade is John from Tollgate Primary School. Picture: GREGG BROWNPictured with his spade is John from Tollgate Primary School. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Children at Tollgate primary school in Bury St Edmunds had a tree planting day last week where children from all year groups worked in small groups to each plant a sapling.

The day started with an assembly introducing the trees followed by a discussion on the many benefits trees bring to our world.

Meira helps to plant trees at Tollgate Primary School. Picture: GREGG BROWNMeira helps to plant trees at Tollgate Primary School. Picture: GREGG BROWN

A day of lessons then looked at tree life cycles and the things trees are used for.

Jo Quittenton, who leads the school’s outdoor learning programme, said: “They were amazed to discover that a harp came from bark.”

Tollgate Primary School children are planting hundreds of trees at the school. Left to right, Noah and Alfie. Picture: GREGG BROWNTollgate Primary School children are planting hundreds of trees at the school. Left to right, Noah and Alfie. Picture: GREGG BROWN

The children then wrote an account of the day, some poems and facts about the trees, before an art lesson looked at The Tree of Life by Gustav Klimt.

“The children were very inquisitive, engaged and a tremendous day was had by all,” Mrs Quittenton added.

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