FIRST class pupils in Salesians Infant School have turned over a new leaf to celebrate Green Schools Woodland Day.
The students planted five oak trees in their school grounds, before walking down to the nearby Westfields Wetlands Sanctuary to hear a talk from council staff and local residents.
Anne Hickey, a local resident and member of Westfields Wetlands Wildlife Committee, who is the normal caretaker of the sanctuary was there also.
She spoke to the pupils about the importance of looking after our trees and talking to them when we visit the sanctuary.
Ms Hickey explained when the tree is older and stronger they will be able to give it a hug!
Student Piotr Hyrnisak was the lucky one to take the shovel and cover the roots with soil.
Courtney O’Donoghue helped him to plant it, to the cheers of their classmates. Ms Givens then took some children to plant the beech tree while Michael Sheehan, City Council prepared the ground for planting.
Jade Philpott, Max Sheahan and Kailin Rooney covered that trees roots. Then, the youngsters sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to mark the birth of new trees.