Five-Minute Marvels: The wand-erful Lea School Willow Arch
Who are they?
The 200-strong Lea Primary School and Nursery in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, and their brilliant PTA, vice chaired by Katy Hamilton. She says, “There is a push towards sustainability in the St Albans and Harpenden areas which we’re keen to join in with and promote to The Lea community”.
What inspired them?
When globetrotting mum Helen Carter visited the UN in Kenya, she was inspired by a tree-planting project. “The focus was on how one tree and one person can make a difference,” says Katy. “She thought ‘this is something we can bring back to school’, so approached the PTA with her plan.”
How did it go?
The beauty of this experience, Katy tells us, is that, “you don’t have to be a specialist; anyone can be involved. You don’t need a garden to take part – they can be grown in vases or jam jars on a windowsill.” She reports, “This has been really successful and the saplings will grow into an arch to welcome everyone into our outdoor classroom.”
With thanks to Katy Hamilton and Helen Carter of the Lea School Association.