This term, as part of our on-going commitment to sustainability, Downside School pupils and staff planted saplings from the Woodland Trust in the grounds of the School to form a new hedgerow.

The saplings are all UK grown and sourced, and have been carefully chosen by the Trust for maximum benefit to wildlife and for year-round colour. They include oak, hazel, hawthorn, blackthorn, wild cherry, rowan, dogwood and silver birch.

As well as the benefit to the Downside environment and wildlife, the trees will count towards the The Big Climate Fightback – the Woodland Trust’s tree-planting initiative to help combat the climate crisis.

We hope that the new Downside hedgerow will enhance our local habitat by increasing biodiversity and we look forward to monitoring the changes as the saplings grow and the hedge becomes established.

The next planting stage for the new Downside hedgerow will be in March 2022. We look forward to inviting the wider Downside community and local primary schools to join with us in planting more trees for future generations to enjoy and benefit from.