Solicitors plant saplings to support National Star College

Male member of staff holding up saplings

More than 800 saplings have been planted at National Star’s Ullenwood campus in March as part of the charity’s commitment to sustainability and combatting the climate crisis.

Staff from law firm Harrison Clark Rickerbys joined National Star students and staff to plant native saplings within the grounds of the award-winning college.

The saplings, which include rowan, silver birch, wild cherry, common oak, and grey willow, have been donated by The Woodland Trust and Gloucestershire County Council as part of its Trees for Gloucestershire initiative.

‘Outdoor activities are very important to young people with complex disabilities, and we use our outdoor space at our rural base as a key learning resource and for therapeutic activities for those with complex disabilities and behaviour that challenge,’ said Principal Simon Welch.

‘We are extremely grateful to the business and community volunteers who have picked up their spades to help with our sapling planting effort,’ added Simon.

A range of students have also been involved in the sapling planting initiative, working as a team to prepare the ground and get the saplings into the ground.

Staff from law firm Harrison Clark Rickerbys gave up their time to plant saplings on the campus, as part of its commitment to giving something back to the local community where they work.

‘We are delighted to be working in partnership with National Star to play our part in helping to plant more trees in Gloucestershire. It’s a key part of our commitment to giving something back to the local community where we work,’ said Kristine Scott, head of HCR’s Cheltenham office.

 It is hoped that Harrison Clark Rickerbys’ sapling plant event will be the first in a series of fundraising and volunteering initiatives being developed between the law firm and National Star.

‘We are extremely grateful to staff from Harrison Clark Rickerbys who have given up their time to support our sapling planting. They have made a lasting contribution to our charity that will be there for students and residents to enjoy in the coming months and years,’ said Fundraising Manager Catrin Viveash.

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