Nine schools in the Moorlands have taken up an offer from a Rotary Club to plant three trees to remember the dark times of the pandemic. The trees, which have been donated by Leek Rotary Club, are a Beech, a Mountain Ash and a Silver Birch, and each are about two metres high and have been supplied with a sturdy stake and fertiliser.
Nine schools in the Moorlands have taken up an offer from a Rotary Club to plant three trees to remember the dark times of the pandemic.
The trees, which have been donated by Leek Rotary Club, are a Beech, a Mountain Ash and a Silver Birch, and each are about two metres high and have been supplied with a sturdy stake and fertiliser.
A spokesman for Leek Rotary Club said: “The project looked to the three principles that have been evident in our society during this time; Faith, Hope and Love.
“It was a time of fear and uncertainty. Changes to society were immense and the challenge of helping in these extreme circumstances called upon the best in everyone to make sure that all were cared for.
“The requirement for medical support escalated to previously unknown heights and people, including school children, had the chance to demonstrate the best human qualities where others were put before themselves.”
They continued: “For our project we decided that each tree would bring one of the positives of these dark times into the lives of children: Faith in the strength of our community as people stepped up and looked at their neighbours in a different way. Many relationships and bonds were forged that still continue after the situation has improved.
“Hope for the future and planning for better times. Trees symbolise this hope with their life cycle of a barren winter period and the bursting of buds in spring.
“Love to remember those we have lost during the pandemic and the many new bonds and friendships that have been made.”
The rotary spokesman added: “Many of our schools have environmental activities in their grounds such as Forest Schools, Eco-clubs and generally caring for the grounds, gardens and playing fields. This means that the children will be keen to look after their new trees as they grow with watering during their first year and keeping grass and weeds away from the tree trunks.”
The trees were planted at the end of March and the Rotary Club has received a number of comments back from the schools.
Lorna Housley from Beresford First School in Leek said: “The trees look great on our school field.
“Martin, our caretaker, helped children from the school Christian Council and myself plant the trees.
“We also ended up having a mini science lesson as well as thinking about our Christian values of creativity thanking God for all his beautiful creation.”
Joy Hulme from Waterhouses School said: “The trees are planted and we are planning a celebration worship with the trees as the focus.
“We are hoping that our Easter Worship will be able to be held outside near the trees this year. Our main school values are love, hope, trust and respect and as part of our cycle of values we also have faith – which links with the trees.”
Meanwhile, Sam Crawford from Blackshaw Moor School said: “The trees have been planted near the Peace Garden and the children are already caring for them. They have been told about why the trees have been planted during our times of school worship.”
Each participating school was also given a plaque explaining what the trees represent, to provide a reminder for pupils in years to come as the trees hopefully grow and flourish.
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