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Children from a Penrith nursery have been planting for the future in the Earl and Countess of Lonsdale’s private woodland estate.
The children from kiddlywinks Nursery were invited to the tree planting session on Towcett Estate by the Earl and Countess and managers of the Earl’s woodland, Eden Treescapes Ltd.
It was just one of a number of visits that Karen James of Kiddlywinks nursery has made to the estate.
Karen said: “Kiddlywinks and Eden Treescapes Ltd have developed as a partnership to support young children's learning in the outside environment..
“We are committed to help young children gain a knowledge and understanding of the rural environment through forestry, agriculture and Estate operations.
“Adam Hulme and Sam Barnes from Eden Treescapes were particularly impressed by the children’s keenness and interest – and by the number of trees they planted.
“The weather held beautifully and the children were able to enjoy a packed lunch sat on log seats where they had earlier been shown some of the tools used for planting, establishment and tree plant care.”
Previous excursions have included a visit to Lowther Castle during the Autumn, and forthcoming events on Towcett Estate are proposed to include nature trail walks and the viewing of some of the mechanised forestry operations.
Karen added: “The partnership that Adam and Sam have helped us develop is hugely beneficial to the children and will provide them with experiences and opportunities that are fundamental in developing respect of the countryside and nature.
“Adam and Sam are working closely with us to further develop our wider curriculum opportunities and Kiddlywinks Nursery are very grateful for the amazing experiences they have enabled us to access.”