A TREE planting operation has taught schoolchildren the importance of caring for their environment.

Children at Chollerton First School planted a total of 105 native trees provided by the Woodland on the school site this week.

The school was working towards the silver medal of the trust’s Green Tree School Award initiative, and the planting of the trees will help towards achieving this goal.

Hazel Davey, the headteacher at Chollerton First School, said: “The children learned that the trees will improve the quality of the air we breathe, habitats and the food sources for wildlife and aesthetics of our environment.

“Members of the community helped the children plant the trees.

“The children felt empowered by doing something positive for their environment.”