YOUNGSTERS joined an MEP in getting their hands dirty during a tree-mendous lesson in green issues.
Pupils from St Aidan’s Primary School, in Loyalty Road, Hartlepool, joined forces with Fiona Hall, North-East Member of European Parliament (MEP), during a tree-planting project.
The youngsters visited Butterwick Trees, a tree nursery in Sedgefield, were they were given a lesson about the vital role trees play in the environment.
The children planted their own tree seeds to take back to school.
Ms Hall, who commended the Facey family, who run Butterwick Trees, for the valuable community work that they do, said: “The children really enjoyed learning about different seeds and the practical side of growing trees.
“Being able to touch the seeds and saplings was a fantastic way to bring the subject to life.
“I was struck too by just how much these pupils, who are in a wildlife group at their school, already knew about the environment.”
As well as working with local schools, Butterwick Trees has also provided training for young offenders, helping them to gain skills and NVQs in a bid to turn their lives round.
The initial programme has come to an end and Ms Hall said she hopes to talk to the probation service about how the work might be continued.
She added: “Butterwick is a fine example of a social enterprise which benefits both the local community and the wider environment.”