Bute children get digging for tree-planting project

Kevin Lench helps two St Andrew's Primary School pupils plant a maple tree at Bute Produce.
Kevin Lench helps two St Andrew's Primary School pupils plant a maple tree at Bute Produce.

Children and young people from all of Bute’s schools, nurseries and playgroups have been helping with the mammoth task of planting more than four hundred trees in Rothesay this week.

The wild cherry, silver birch, rowan, maple and willow trees, all donated by the Woodlands Trust, were planted between Monday and Friday at Bute Produce’s market garden at Ashfield on the southern edge of the town.

Rothesay Playgroup, Apple Tree Nursery, Rothesay Primary Pre-5, Rothesay Primary School, North Bute Primary, St Andrew’s Primary and Rothesay Academy all sent willing teams of planters along to get the project on its way.

And it’s hoped that getting children and young people involved at the very start of the trees’ lives will encourage them to take an interest in their growth and development in the years - and perhaps even decades - to come.

Ronnie Armstrong from Bute Produce said: “We’ve arranged the trees in circles so that, hopefully, the children can come back when they’re a wee bit older and take part in activities in the middle of the trees they’ve planted.”

More pictures from the week’s activities in the next issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, March 24.