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Muddy hands and smiling faces as local school children plant first mulberry trees



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Children from Combe Down and St Martin’s Garden Primary Schools helped Curo plant the first new trees to create a woodland walk at Mulberry Park on Wednesday 18 March.

Curo is creating a woodland walk along the northern edge of Mulberry Park, planted with a mixture of native and pine trees, including fruiting trees like the mulberry. The woodland walk will link Foxhill and Pope’s Walk, bordering the mature woodland of Perrymead.Children from the two local primary schools got mucky planting the first new trees on site – including the first mulberry trees. After some hard work, digging the holes and positioning the trees, they hung the trees with ribbon streamers and wooden stars, decorated with their names and designs of the wildlife that they would like to see at Mulberry Park. Finley and Jacob from Combe Down Primary School’s gardening club even drew pictures of the pandas that they hope to see!

The children learned about the different trees that they planted during the day, including English oaks, silver birch and beech trees. The mulberry trees will form part of an edible landscape and more trees, including fruiting trees, will be planted as the site is developed over the next few years.

Back inside, the children made bird feeders to take home and attract some feathered visitors to their own window sill or garden. Mitchell, from St Martin’s Garden Primary School said “I can’t wait to get home and hang it from the tree in my garden.”

The children were joined by Victor da Cunha, Curo’s chief executive, Gerraint Oakley, managing director of Curo’s house-building division and Cherry Beath, ward councillor and Mayor of Bath. They also had expert help to plant the trees from landscape architects, HTA Design and arboriculturalists, Glendale.

Victor da Cunha said, “It’s great to see the site brought to life by local children and to get them involved in creating the woodland walk. We are all excited to see these trees mature as Mulberry Park takes shape and hope that the children will be able to see them flourish and grow in the years to come.”

The Mulberry Park name was chosen from suggestions made by local people to reflect the site’s beautiful natural surroundings and the city’s long military history, including the Admiralty’s work on the design of the Mulberry Harbours used in the D-Day landings.

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