Students and staff at West Lothian College joined forces with Cedarbank School for National Tree Week, as the campaign reached an impressive milestone.

The initiative marked its 50th anniversary of the famous Plant a Tree in 73, which in turn led to this year’s Plant a Tree in 23.

And as part of National Tree Week, West Lothian College participated in several tree-planting activities across the campus, which saw more than 200 trees and hedges planted, increasing biodiversity through creating new habitats and environments for wildlife.

Over 80 staff and students from the college, and Cedarbank School took part, promoting health and wellbeing, and environmental awareness.

Victoria Tierney, Project Officer at West Lothian College, said: “The college’s Level 5 Childhood Practice students helped plant 10 fruit and nut trees and Cedarbank’s National 4 horticultural and rural skills class installed secure fencing on day one. Day two, students planted 30 all-year round colour trees with Cedarbank, and on the third day, our estates team planted over 50 hedging plants.

“Overall the activities were very successful with brilliant participation by both staff and students and Cedarbank. We hope to continue with more biodiversity initiatives to further develop the campus with support from those within the college community and the local area and contribute to the college becoming Net Zero.”

Gordon McDermott, who teaches the horticultural and rural skills class at Cedarbank, added: “It was an amazing activity to be a part of. Our pupils really enjoyed it and learned loads of skills. They were incredibly proud and boasting to our staff of their incredible work. One pupil even dragged a staff member over to see it.”