Trees planted as school develops outdoor learning zone

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A project to transform a school field into an innovative outdoor learning area has taken a step forward.

The first trees have been planted at the Forest School Project at Rossmere Primary School in Hartlepool.

The project will provide schools from across the town with an outdoor eco-classroom in a natural learning environment.

Lynne Pawley, head teacher at Rossmere Primary, said: “It is so exciting to see the project taking shape and the planting of the first trees is a major milestone.

“Pupils and staff are really looking forward to making full use of the facilities.

“The project will enable us to bring our academic curriculum to life through a range of stimulating activities and there will be huge benefits for children across the town.”

The first of 52 semi-mature trees, mainly native British trees like oak, birch and willow, are now being planted and they will be followed by 100 smaller trees, including fruit trees.

The area is planned to have a teaching space based on a traditional Central Asian nomad yurt, a wetland area, a ravine, bridges, meadows, a fire pit, a bird station, woodland trails and totem poles.

Hartlepool Council’s Building Design and Construction Consultancy designed the project, which is due to be completed by Spring.