Sprucing up services
First up were nine children from Battle Primary Academy who planted 100 trees at Reading Eastbound services on January 16. On a bright and sunny winter day, seven Moto staff also got their hands dirty as a mixture of oak, field maple, silver birch and hazel were planted at the site with the help of local woodland creation volunteer Barbara Storey.
The children and staff, many of whom had never planted a tree before, were full of enthusiasm and threw themselves into the task wholeheartedly. Working in pairs they planted five to seven trees each, taking care to safely move any earthworms uncovered by their digging.
One budding young planter was so keen he asked if it would be possible to take a spade home – we may have a woodland creation champion in the making there!
Brian Larkin, chairman of the Moto in the Community Trust, said: “We are thrilled to have an ongoing partnership with the Woodland Trust and proud to support them with a variety of projects. A huge thank you to the pupils and staff for getting stuck in and planting so many trees at our Reading site.”