Lauren plants silver birch trees in memory of students


20 July 2017

On Monday 17th July, Burton and South Derbyshire College’s (BSDC) Students’ Union President, Lauren Sleigh, planted five silver birch trees at Little Forest in Anslow in memory of BSDC students who have lost their lives over the past year.

Located between Outwoods and Anslow, Little Forest is an exciting new project which provides an outdoor teaching space for schools, community groups and clubs, giving them the opportunity to explore the great outdoors with fun activities. Nature Conservation Volunteer, Lawrence Oates, has played a large part in the development of this vision, and kindly helped Lauren to plant the trees alongside an engraved wooden memorial plaque which was created by Carpentry & Joinery Course Leader, Ian Vanes-Jones.

The trees were initially grown by BSDC part time pottery student, Michele Barber, who was keen to plant them when BSDC’s Students’ Union was awarded the seeds alongside the NUS Green Impact Gold Award in November 2016.

Lauren Sleigh said: “The Students’ Union has worked through the year to set this memorial up and I am so pleased to see all of our hard work coming together. The seeds were won from our participation in the Green Impact Award and we felt it only fitting that they should stand as a living memorial for students who were lost during the year.”

Lawrence Oates added: “The life span of the silver birch tree is around 60-80 years, which creates the ideal living memorial for college students who were sadly taken away too soon. This is a lovely way to remember the students and it will also introduce a new species of tree to Little Forest, which will seed down and increase future site biodiversity.”

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