VOLUNTEERS from Eureka! Science + Discovery teamed up with pupils from a school in Birkenhead to plant 200 new trees.

The event held at Foxfield School Secondary School in Woodchurch was organised by the team from The Mersey Forest in partnership with Eureka! Science + Discovery Discovery to support a new accessible woodland area for the students to enjoy. 

The new trees were planted in the schools grounds by 30 pupils alongside the team from Eureka! Science + Discovery and under the watchful eye of Dave Armson from Mersey Forest.  

Michelle Emerson, Marketing Director for Eureka!, said: "When we opened Eureka! Science + Discovery we promised to plant a tree for everyone who attended our launch event.

“With the search for a suitable local site taking a bit of time, and the planting window being fairly short, we’ve only just managed to get these trees in the ground.

“But although it’s been a long time coming, we’re delighted that Mersey Forest were able to connect us with this great project at Foxfield School.

“It’s been worth the wait to ensure the trees will benefit the young people and contribute to the local environment.”

The 200 trees are the first phase of a wider woodland plan, which will see an additional 100 trees being added later on to create a accessible woodland experience in the school grounds.  

The trees were donated by Eureka! Science + Discovery, which has nature and climate-related themed exhibits and activities for children and young people throughout its attraction at Seacombe ferry terminal.  

Leigh-Anne Stradeski, Chief Executive at Eureka! said: “The environment is really important to us at Eureka! Science + Discovery, which is demonstrated by the great turn out of staff volunteering.”

The trees will be looked after and maintained by the experienced woodland advisors from Mersey Forest who will continue to visit the new woodland area to provide as much support as is required to ensure the trees succeed and bring as much benefit to the students, local wildlife and surrounding area as possible. 

Paul Nolan, Director of The Mersey Forest, added: "We have been pleased to work with Eureka and their staff to plant these trees with children at Foxfield School.

“The 200 trees planted are an important addition to the Mersey Forest, and will lock up carbon, helping to tackle climate change, provide spaces for wildlife and opportunities for outdoor learning and play for the children too."