INSPIRED by the tree council’s initiative to plant more trees around the country, Midhurst Nursery Class has ensured people in the area can enjoy the fruits of their labour for years to come.
Nursery leader Chris Reseigh started a tree-planting project in 2006. And now she has finally celebrated the occasion, in line with the 30th anniversary of the nursery class.
She said: “We hoped to be able to plant them at Midhurst Grammar School. We managed to grow specimens from an oak, an alder, a rowan and a silver birch, but then the school closed and we had nowhere for our saplings. We continued to nurture them in our nursery garden.
“Then when Midhurst Rother College opened, principal Dr Joe Vitagliano kindly offered us space for the trees in the newly-landscaped grounds.
“In 2012 we invited back the group of children who had originally found the seeds, to help children at the nursery plant them in the school grounds.
“At the time there was still a lot of building work going on so it was not possible to mark the occasion.”
Chris, along with a group of parents and former nursery children, formerly marked the occasion.
“We were finally able to have a short ceremony and place a plaque by the trees, and also mark the 30th anniversary of the nursery, which took place in May this year,” she said. “Several parents commented on how nice it was to have a long-term scheme which has involved several generations of children and how great it will be for the children now at nursery to be able to say in seven years, when they start at the college, ‘those are our trees’.”