We recently welcomed students from a local school to help coop and plant out trees on the Matson Ground Estate.
The students, from Windermere School, planted the trees on land newly acquired by the Estate covering 92 hectares (228 acres) from School Knott to Grandsire. The area is in transition to gain organic status, as is the rest of the Matson Ground Farm, and some areas are being returned to wood pasture where grazing livestock will roam. The trees planted were Rowan and Birch and will form part of this ongoing project to improve the quality of the land for flora, fauna and visitors to the Estate.
This project was part of the students' CAS Programme - Creativity, Activity and Service - a programme designed to enhance their personal and interpersonal development by learning through experience.
Windermere School is an International Baccalaureate World School offering the IB Diploma Programme and the IB Career-Related Programme. As part of their IB studies, pupils are required to undertake a number of projects which form their CAS programme.
The three strands of CAS are characterised as follows:
Creativity - arts, and other experiences that involve creative thinking
Activity - physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle
Service - an unpaid and voluntary exchange that has a learning benefit for the student.
We were very impressed with the students' can-do attitude and determination to get the job done. They certainly showed initiative and demonstrated perseverance on a rather chilly afternoon on the estate.
We look forward to welcoming them back very soon.