Ongoing support from Channel Islands Fuels Limited has allowed GTFL to continue with its Tree for Every Class campaign, which supplied the school with six species of tree, all native to Guernsey to support the island’s wildlife biodiversity.
‘I really enjoyed it as I’ve never planted a tree before, and it’s not something we’d do in a normal day,’ said 11-year-old Freddie Cochrane.
‘It’s really cool to be a part of the Queen’s Green Canopy.’
The trees have been dispersed around all areas of the campus so each area can benefit.
The species planted were silver birch, wild cherry, beech, field maple, mountain ash and hornbeam.
Each tutor group at Les Beaucamps was given a tree and three students from each class were selected to plant it.
Friends Lily Mongkonlum, 12, and Poppy Humphrey, 11, volunteered to plant the tree on behalf of their class.
‘It was our first time planting a tree and it was really fun,’ they said.
‘It was fun being surrounded by nature for a bit instead of being in the classroom.’
Rob Sweeney, head of art, said that the older students were unsure at first, however once they started digging they had fun with it, and overall all of the students had a great time.
The school is using the tree planting as an opportunity to highlight their Unicef Rights Respecting Schools agenda and sustainable development to create a safe and inspiring place for young people to learn.