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Thomas Hardye School students want to create sustainable woodland
The school is on the hunt for an area where it can create a sustainable woodland for pupils to look after.
The quest emerged after pupils learned areas of forest the size of Wales are routinely disappearing and decided they wanted to do their bit to help redress the balance.
They want to plant and manage an area of woodland equal to the footprint of the school and are looking for suitable pockets of land within 15 miles of the school.
In the long term the potential project would see students learning about and experiencing all aspects of woodland management including coppicing, orchard and timber production.
Science teacher Scott Munro said securing an area for the woodland would provide the students with a valuable asset to aid their learning.
He said: “This could be an inspirational learning experience for students starting in Year 9, following it through until they leave in Year 13 and involving all areas of the curriculum from science and maths to the creative arts.”
The school will be looking to work in partnership with the land owner and has also received the backing of the Dorset Wildlife Trust, which will advise on environmental aspects of the trust.
Community conservation officer for the Dorset Wildlife Trust, Joy Wallis, said: “Provided a suitable area of land is found, this would be a great way to involve the next generation in learning about, caring for and enhancing the environment and landscape for wildlife and at the same time developing a sustainable habitat, which would give returns for the landowner as well as to the wildlife.”
Anyone who thinks they might know of a suitable pocket of land for the school to use, or who would be keen to learn more about the project, is asked to contact Mr Munro at the Thomas Hardye School.
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