GREEN-FINGERED Ripon Grammar School students have proved themselves a force for nature with the planting of ten trees as part of a fruitful environmental project.

The new apple, plum and pear trees, along with some smaller fruiting hedgerow trees, add to the small apple orchard established by students last winter on the school’s 23-acre site.

RGS has also won funding for an even more ambitious tree planting endeavour this winter, when students will help create a 3,000-plant wildlife-friendly hedgerow around the school site.

Following a challenging year of lockdowns and Covid-19 restrictions, it is a project that is giving students the chance to reconnect with nature and each other while spending time in the outdoors in pursuit of a healthier environment.

History teacher David Bruce thanked the Tree Council’s Orchards for Schools charity, which offers free orchard and fruiting hedgerow packs to schools around the country.

He said: “As well as providing fresh fruit and practical learning opportunities for pupils for many years into the future, the trees will enhance the biodiversity of the school site."