From the little acorns, mighty oaks will grow

Children get involved in the Adopt an Acorn project.
Children get involved in the Adopt an Acorn project.

The Dene between Lynemouth and Ellington is now host to more than 100 new oak trees thanks to an initiative which involved local youngsters.

The William Leech campus in Lynemouth and Groundwork North East teamed up to help the Friends of Lyne Dene (FoLD) enhance the woodland through an Adopt an Acorn project.

Last year, students from every year group in the school planted more than 150 acorns in pots to look after for their first year and this autumn saw the new saplings being planted.

“The Adopt an Acorn project was a way of introducing more oak trees to the Dene,” said James Stafford, from Groundwork North East. “It is an important species for wildlife, as well as being an iconic British tree.

“Groundwork is keen to get as many children as possible involved and joining FoLD to love and look after the Dene for years to come.”

Julia Say, from FoLD, added: “It was great to meet so many enthusiastic children in the Dene and help them plant their carefully tended oak trees.

“Their questions showed their interest in the woods and wildlife and I hope they will be encouraged to visit again and learn more about their woods.”

The school group enjoyed their time out in the Dene, with student Lee Whitfield saying: “Acorn planting was awesome. I love being outside and being with nature so it was great fun doing this with the whole class. I’m looking forward to going back to the Dene to see how our oak trees are doing.”

Groundwork are helping in the regeneration of the Dene as part of the CELL Big Local environmental initiative.