The Ryleys School has planted over 200 trees within its Outdoor Classroom, creating a positive impact on the area's landscape and wildlife.
Working in partnership with the Woodland Trust, pupils at the school have planted small hedge saplings of dogrose, hawthorn, hazel, crab apple and elder, to welcome wildlife to its outdoor learning area.
Mammals, insects and birds will all be attracted to the shrubs in the new hedgerows. The newly planted trees will also make a natural screen and connect existing hedgerows, helping hedgehogs and dormice stay on the move.
In addition, 105 trees for a small working wood have been planted, with a mix of silver birch, rowan, wild cherry, English oak, field maple and grey willow trees. In several years' time, the school will be coppicing their own wood to fuel outdoor cooking and channeling their creativity with carving or weaving willow within the outdoor learning provision.
Head Teacher, Mrs Julia Langford, said: "We are excited about the future 'Ryleys Wood' growing in Alderley Edge and seeing the many birds, insects and mammals that will call it their home. The planting has proven to be a fun and engaging way for to pupils to enjoy being outdoors while making a positive difference to the environment. We very much look forward to seeing the saplings mature and change the landscape of the local area and school."