Woodhouse Middle School is justifiably proud of its extensive grounds and gardens. However, closer inspection would reveal that in some locations the woodland areas were in need of some TLC.
Outgrown planting sleeves, undergrowth clogging the smaller trees, the removal of diseased trees had left gaps and some trees badly needed some coppicing. This type of work would normally require specialist skills that over stretched school budgets can ill afford.
A team from The Conservation Volunteers led by Glyn Parkes has worked hard over half term replanting and infilling gaps in the school grounds.
The team who are based at Biddulph Grange Country Park will be back soon to continue their work by hedge planting, and laying an overgrown hedge and clearing out the wildlife pond area. A fantastic initiative which is benefiting the school and the local community especially as the new burial ground is developed.
TCV in Biddulph with foundation learning students planted two hundred trees as part of the big tree plant. Species planted included, Small Leaved Lime (Tilia cordata), Field Maple (Acer campestre) Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna), Wild Cherry (Prunus avium), Crab Apple (Malus sylvestris), Guelder Rose (Viburnum opulus), Common Dogwood (Cornus sanguinia), Hazel (Corylus avellana), Alder (Alnus glutinosa) and Oak (Quercus robur).