Tree Planting 2013
TO MORCHARD BISHOP PRIMARY SCHOOL
20 MARCH 2014
Morchard Bishop CE (VA) Primary School is the winner of the 2013/2014 Schools Category for the RIBI ‘Rodney Huggins’ Environment Award Scheme. A certificate and cheque for £150 was presented by the President of the Rotary Club of Crediton, Mrs Carole Webb, to the Headteacher Morchard Bishop Primary School, Mr Chris Sargeant, during the school’s Act of Worship attended by parents, teachers, governors and children.
This prestigious national award followed stiff competition and was one of only three awards. Judges from RIBI Environmental and Sustainability Group, commended Morchard Bishop School for its high quality project which included the construction of a Round House to develop forest school skills and tree planting at Bishops Wood. The next main project in school is to develop a Kitchen Garden, which is getting support from the local community.
The school’s work to build a Round House started in January 2012 with help from parents, grandparents of children, Governors, friends of the school including Rotarians and Duke of Edinburgh volunteers, as well as every child in the school. The building process was led by the Tanglewood Project, a community organisation who share the same vision as the school of connecting people of all ages and abilities to celebrate our cultural heritage.
Since its construction it has been regularly used for ‘Forest School Work’ and outdoor education, a meeting place for groups such as Brownies, and the Devon Forest Education Network and for school events.
Mel Stride, MP for Mid-Devon, members of the Rotary Club and Parish Council attended a tree planting event in November 2013. Children from Year 6 Morchard Bishop Primary School, planted thirty saplings, provided by the Woodland Trust, at Bishops Wood. The event was part of the wider Devon Rotary District Tree Planting Campaign with the Woodland Trust to respond to Dutch Elm, Larch Kill and Ash Die Back diseases.