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School with the oldest tree to plant hundreds more

Children at Ysgol Bryn Gwalia have been busy planting new trees Credit: Woodland Trust

No school in North Wales is believed to have an older tree in its grounds than Ysgol Bryn Gwalia in Mold. But the school is now aiming to plant hundreds of young saplings, marking the New Year in probably the greenest way possible.

It is all part of a plan to allow the school to get the full benefit of forest school activities within its own grounds, rather than having to make expensive coach trips to visit woods.

Children get the full benefit of forest school activities within its own grounds Credit: Woodland Trust

The school is extending a small area of woodland that already exists, creating a new area of woodland to give the children a greater feeling of being inside a wood.

The school planted a pack of 30 free trees from the Woodland Trust in November and will be applying for a further, possibly larger pack this month.

Jill Griffiths, class teacher and forest school leader, said: “Forest schools provide children with a natural environment in which to explore and discover new learning opportunities.

"The woodland challenges their understanding, problem solving and thinking. Forest School settings stimulate all types of learners, allowing children to thrive and foster new relationships and friendships.

"Children bring their new interests and self-confidence back into the classroom and this impacts positively not only on their own learning but also that of their peers.”