Wingfield college students pioneering 'greener' forest

By Michael Upton | 13/07/2012 0 comments

Wingfield college students pioneering 'greener' forest

STUDENTS are helping to sow the seeds of an environment revolution with a wood on their doorstep.

Youngsters from Wingfield Business and Enterprise College teamed up with students from the Fulbright programme and the Mayor of Rotherham, Cllr Dave Pickering, to plant 66 trees in soil treated with new product Biochar.

Researchers from the Fulbright scheme—which encourages exchanges between British and US universities—hope that Biochar could be key in significantly reducing the quantity of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere, by allowing trees to “lock” more carbon in their trunks and branches during growth.

The trees, on a one-acre site now known as Wingfield Wildlife Centre, will be monitored over the next five years.

Staff from Wingfield said that they aimed to keep up links with the Fulbright scholars and pass on what they learned by holding activities for primary school children.

Wingfield was the first secondary school to be awarded with the Warwick University Award for Environmental Enterprise.


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