Students at Oak Grove College have teamed up with Worthing Golf Club to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee” – and will help to create new woodland there as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy.

Sixth Form pupils  and teachers from the Worthing secondary school for special educational needs visited the golf club on Wednesday (March 30th 2022) to help greens staff plant new Oak trees. At the same time  they were able to learn about the range of jobs involved in running a busy golf club, with its two courses and around 1,000 members.

The students were joined by Deputy Lieutenants Dr John Godfrey and Caroline Nicholls, representing the Lord Lieutenant of West Sussex and the Queen’s Green Canopy for the county, and Worthing Golf Club Directors Micky Halford and Steven Moore, who are leading on the work to forge a link with the college and so help introduce pupils to the world of work as well as learn about trees and nature. The planting will form part of a major restoration of woodland replacing trees lost through diseases such as ash die back.  Worthing Golf Club sits within the South Downs National Park and holds an important responsibility to protect the habitats and landscapes within its boundaries.

The club is planning to name part of the woodland “Oak Grove Glade” in recognition of the new partnership with the college and students will return in the autumn to help plant and nurture young saplings.

The aim of the Queen’s Green Canopy campaign is to thank Her Majesty The Queen for her exceptional service over 70 years on the throne and to be a key part of celebrations planned for this year.  At the same time it will help promote the importance of tree planting and tree conservation to the environment.

All new trees can be added to a virtual map, covering the whole of the country, alongside 70 specially selected ancient trees and a dedicated network of 70 ancient woodlands across the UK.  The aim is for the Queen’s Green Canopy planting programme to run through to the end of the Jubilee year in 2022.

Anyone can take part; families in their gardens, schools, community groups, neighbors working together, businesses; you can plant one tree, a small copse or a woodland; hedgerows can be  included and there is even the option for a new forest of Sea Kelp off the coast of Worthing to be part of the initiative. Further information about Queen’s Green Canopy, including useful tips on how to plant and care for new trees is available on the website: www.queensgreencanopy.org.

 

 

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