A class of 27 Anderson’s Primary 6 children teamed up with Forres Community Woodland Trust volunteers to give them a hand – or rather 54 hands – with their conservation work in Sanquhar Wood. The youngsters spent an afternoon pulling up Western Hemlock saplings, which are an invasive foreign species, and planting native oak. They cleaned the forest floor pulling up hundreds, even thousands, of plants from the tiniest two-inch seedling to two-foot tall young trees. Groups of three then proceeded to plant young oak saplings, rammed in support stakes, and put a protective guard around the little trees.
Everybody had a great time working in the open air in the knowledge that they were doing something useful for our environment. FCWT volunteers were very impressed with the children’s enthusiasm, the interest they showed in their activity and the amount of work they got done in such a short time.