Pupils join project to save endangered trees

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The first of 50 black poplar trees have been planted in Aylesbury during a project with children from Bierton Primary School.

The trees, an endangered native species, are being planted at Barratt Homes’ Kingsbrook development and particularly significant to the Aylesbury Vale as this is where half of the current population of black poplars can be found. The development will eventually be home to the largest black poplar woodland in the country.

The planting process of the black poplars is being overseen by ecologists Southern Ecological Solutions (SES). The primary pupils were set the task of finding out as much as they could about Black Poplar trees, with six selected to attend the planting. The planting was attended by biodiversity officer Matthew Dodds from Aylesbury Vale District Council, which has been working to increase the population and biodiversity of trees in the area.