AROUND 2,500 trees have been planted by green-fingered school children from Kidderminster as part of a national celebration.

To mark National Tree Week, Wyre Forest District Council organised three tree planting events with around 150 schoolchildren from three primary schools.

On December 1, children from St Mary’s CE Primary School created a woodland corridor at Springfield Park and on December 3 pupils from Heronswood Primary and Pre-School planted trees at Heronswood Road play area.

A hedgerow was also planted at Willowfield Drive play area with help from students at St Catherine’s CE Primary School.

Councillor Helen Dyke, leader of the council said: “It was brilliant to see so many school children coming together and getting involved in our tree planting events, I hope they enjoyed the experience.

“National Tree Week was a great opportunity to work with the next generation and allow them to play a role in making our air cleaner and our district greener. Each child will be receiving a certificate from the council, thanking them for their hard work.”

The events were aimed at giving children hands-on experience in planting, whilst also learning how trees make a difference to the environment and create natural habitats for wildlife.

Two families from Stourport-on-Severn also donated 100 trees and planted them at Burlish Meadows Nature Reserve to create a hedgerow corridor.