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12 March 2010 / Pupils Plant Trees As Part Of Green Action Plan

Two girls from each year group - Year 1 to 13 - spent part of their lunch hour carefully positioning the young oak, silver birch and ash whips in prepared holes along a perimeter hedge. There are plans to plant more trees in the months ahead.

Tim Penny, a local businessman who owns and runs the award-winning Pollaughan Cottages on the Roseland Peninsula, gave the trees to the school. His holiday complex was the first in Cornwall to be nationally recognised by the Green Tourism Scheme in 2006 and he is an Ambassador of Best Practice for CoaST (The Cornwall Sustainable Tourism Project).

As well as helping the school with its Green Action Plan, Tim also runs its weekly gardening club.

"It's proving very popular," he said. "Around 30 pupils turn up once a week to help make the school grounds even lovelier."

Science tutor Andre Letheren is Truro High's Eco-Coordinator.

"We have already organised a big tidy up and litter pick as part of our drive to becoming more sustainable and we also ran an Intranet survey about school transport to encourage more car sharing," she said. "The tree planting is designed to help reduce our carbon footprint as well as helping to improve the school environment."

Prep 6 pupil Tegan Elliott, 10, was clearly enjoying her planting task.

"Doing something like this helps bring us altogether and it's great fun," she said. "I'm looking forward to seeing them grow."

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