Planting for a School's Future; CONSERVATION: Trees Will Give Shade for Generations

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Byline: By Sin Powell

PUPILS Leah Eltenton and Kyle Turner took time away from the classroom to branch out into conservation.

The young pupils helped plant two oak trees and an ash tree at Michael Drayton Junior School, in Hartshill, Nuneaton.

The saplings, which are already about 12 ft, have been planted to help enhance the school field and provide much-needed shade in warmer months.

The saplings, which will leaf in the spring, will take decades to mature and will provide shade for generations of pupils.

Leah and Kyle helped plant them with head teacher John Buxton and Warwickshire County Council forester Adam Mullis.

The school was given the trees under a county council sustainable development scheme.

Mr Buxton said: "We are always looking at ways to improve the school grounds. We have nice grounds but one of the problems is a lack of shade and these new trees will address that. …