Our school received two free tree saplings, as part of the ‘Woodlands Trees for Londoners’ giveaway supported by the Mayor of London and players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
These arrived just in time to be planted as part of National Tree Week and for the formation of the school’s eco-school committee for this academic year.
The school received one Rowan and one Wild Cherry, which will initially be planted in containers in the school playground by the Gardening Club. It is then hoped they can be passed on to someone who has the space to plant them.
The leaves of Rowan (Sorbus aucuparia) trees are eaten by caterpillars of moths, including the larger Welsh Wave and Autumn Green Carpet. Flowers provide pollen and nectar for bees and other pollinating insects, while the berries are a rich source of autumn food for birds, especially blackbirds, thrushes, redstarts and redwings.
The Wild Cherry (Prunus avium) makes a wonderful addition to any wildlife garden, the ‘avium’ in the scientific name refers to birds which eat the cherries as soon as they are ripe. The spring blossom also provides an early source of nectar and pollen which attracts a whole range of insects.
The trees provided by the scheme were UK sourced and grown to minimise the risk of importing and spreading tree pests and diseases. They are all coded and batched so that the scheme can track each individual tree.