SCHOOLCHILDREN at Wark First School have been planting apple trees to create a food forest for the future.

The school partnered with members of Living Woods North-East to help carry out the community tree-planting operation.

Living Woods North East is a community interest company dedicated to helping bring back ancient woodland to the North-East of England by carrying out workshops, planting days and art projects.

The group collaborated with local and national organisations to plant 3,000 trees over 15 sessions during 2017-2018.

Teacher Emily Herald said the tree planting scheme was part of the school’s forward thinking development plan.

She said: “By working with Living Woods it allows us to plant the trees in a way that has permaculture in mind.

“We’re using locally-sourced apple trees to create a food forest that will develop the school for the future.”