Children from Kirkfieldbank, Lanark, New Lanark, Robert Owen, and St Mary’s Primary schools came along on Thursday 19 April 2012 to help us plant trees.
A group of children from each school planted their own special tree which will eventually carry the name of their school on a small disc which will also give the name of the tree. The trees were all very rare specimens and included 3 Tulip Trees, a Giant Sequoia, and a Persian Iron Tree. We will also be registering the trees with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Forest Project. Mr John Ferguson, South Lanarkshire’s Senior Arboriculture Officer, told the children a great deal about the history of the various trees, where they came from originally and long they would take to reach maturity.
The children also had fun counting the rings on the stump of the beautiful old tulip tree which was brought down by the January gales.