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Cherry tree gifted to Ebbsfleet Valley school

PUBLISHED: 15:44 17 November 2017 | UPDATED: 15:47 17 November 2017

Cherry Orchard Primary Academy, Ebbsfleet Valley

Cherry Orchard Primary Academy, Ebbsfleet Valley

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The donation was made to coincide with National Tree Week

A new primary school in Ebbsfleet Valley has been gifted a cherry tree which will help create an orchard over time.

The tree was donated to Cherry Orchard Primary Academy, which opened in September as part of the Ebbsfleet garden city development, by Barratt Homes for National Tree Week.

The school is located within the Castle Hill development, a former quarry which is expected to boast over 6,500 homes when complete.

The donation means that pupils will be able to see first-hand how long it takes for a tree to grow and pick fruit from it.

Julie Forsythe, headteacher at Cherry Orchard Primary Academy, said: “We are delighted with the donation from Barratt, and know that this is something the children will enjoy. It will encourage the children to get outside and explore nature, and to learn more about how a tree grows. It is a special addition to our new school.”

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