The timber division of independent builders merchant Ridgeons has teamed up with one of its Swedish Sawmill partners, SCA Timber Supply Ltd, to provide three saplings to Kennett Primary School in Newmarket.
Pupils representing the school’s council joined Ridgeons Forest Products sales and marketing manager, Stephan Wait, and SCA Timber Supply Ltd, area manager Antony Considine, in planting the saplings at a carefully chosen spot within the school grounds.
As well as the planting, the whole school enjoyed a timber themed assembly, during which Considine talked to the pupils about The Forest Stewardship Council’s (FSC) certification. He explained what it stands for, how it works, and the importance of ensuring that timber is from a sustainable source.
Kennett Primary School Headteacher Lisa Gregory said: “When we were approached about the kind tree donation and the offer of a timber themed assembly we jumped at the opportunity to further our links with our Ridgeons neighbours. We are a small school so forging relationships within our local community, while helping to grow our pupils’ understanding of the environment in which they live is very important.
“We are always looking for new and exciting ways to develop our pupils’ sense of ownership, and progress their awareness of sustainability. As the saplings prosper the pupils will be able to watch them grow, while gaining a better understanding of the significance that sustainability plays in our future.
“The children are very interested in developing their gardening knowledge, so we are sure that this latest horticultural addition to our school will help point us in the right direction.”
Stephan Wait said: “Wherever possible we aim to support the communities in which we operate. We are very fortunate to enjoy strong links with Kennett Primary School and being able to plant these saplings and know that they will be there for future pupils to enjoy is very fulfilling.”