Planting trees at Barking Abbey School

17 Dec 2021

The afternoons of 14th and 16th December saw the Eco-Team, Sixth Formers, ARP and Year 7 students from both sites digging deep and getting their hands into the grit and grime of the fertile soils of Barking Abbey’s playing field boundaries to plant 105 saplings; 37 at Sandringham and the rest at Longbridge to commemorate Queen Elizabeth’s Silver Jubilee.

More importantly, this was a gigantic step towards our ambition to become an eco-friendly school. Earlier this term, over sixty ‘Eco warrior’ students from both sites carried out an environmental review to identify key areas of where we can be green. Biodiversity was one of the major areas the students agreed to tackle; we pledged to plant trees as one of the three action plans.

The planting of the trees was indeed history in the making; “He (or She) who plants a tree plants a hope… It was undoubtedly a momentous occasion bringing to life the quotation from Lucy Larcom.  (Poet and Teacher 1824-1893).  The students and staff eco-branch of Team BA both planted hope this week as we progressed towards our goal of achieving the Green Flag award. It was not only a fantastic team effort but demonstrated the passion we all have for our BA environment. We look forward to looking after our plants when we return after the new year.

Thank you for your green support.

BA Eco Team

All of the photos can be seen here.