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Grow your own

09 January 2015

QUEEN MARGARET'S SCHOOL, Escrick, an independent boarding school for girls in York diocese, is fortunate in being surrounded by 70 acres of parkland. For seven years, they have been nurturing Christmas trees in the school grounds, and this year, for the first time, they had no fewer than 12 beautiful Christmas trees to decorate the school.

Chosen for its height and shape, each tree was carefully chopped down and planted in a large container, before being brought into the school to be decorated. They also donated a tree to St Helen's, Escrick, something they do every year.

Sustainability is a key consideration, Carole Cameron says. She is the Acting Head of the school, which says that it welcomes girls from all backgrounds, and provides bursaries for those who need financial assistance. Now that Christmas is over, she says, the trees will be turned into bark chippings for use in the flowerbeds and borders of the gardens, and ground will be prepared for new, one-foot-high trees to be planted ready for Christmas 2021.

"We believe it is extremely important to care for our school grounds in the same way we care for our girls," Mrs Cameron said. She has congratulated the groundsmen "for all their hard work in establishing a new tradition to ensure Queen Margaret's remains, and is thriving for many years to come".

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