The Bury College Childcare department have secured funding from the Queens Commission to help with a national green-fingered campaign.

This campaign is part of the The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy (QCC) which is a project designed to create a network of forest conservation initiatives throughout the 53 nations of the Commonwealth. This marks Her Majesty The Queen’s service and dedication as Head of the Commonwealth. The initiative aims to plant 50,000 new trees across the commonwealth by 2020. Members of the general public have been given the opportunity to apply to the Woodland Trust to secure saplings.

Bury College Childcare students were proud to receive the saplings which have been planted in the college’s Forest School, an outdoor area which is dedicated to the Childcare department. Students use this area to cover topics such as how to incorporate nature into the curriculum.

Bury College Childcare lecturer Kirsty Vick submitted the application and is delighted to be a part of such a lasting legacy.

Kirsty said, “Our Forest School sessions are dedicated to helping our students appreciate nature and to understand how they can work with children in a natural space. The commonwealth canopy was a perfect opportunity to allow the students to be involved in a really purposeful initative which they can later share with the children in their care.”

Former Cannon Slade School pupil Level 3 Childcare student Sarah Booth was a part of the group of students to plant the trees. Sarah said, “It is nice to know that I have been a part of this initiative and as the trees grow over time I can say that I was there at the beginning.”

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