Preston school children get Christmas tree treat from National Grid

Children are planting their very own Christmas legacy after National Grid donated almost 400 trees to mark the end of its latest phase of refurbishment work on a major overhead powerline that runs through Penwortham, near Preston.

A mixture of mature trees and seedling Christmas trees have been distributed to local schools, conservation organisations, a golf course and hospice.

Martin Bretherton, Project Manager for National Grid, said: “The idea behind the seedling Christmas trees is for each child to decide with their families where to plant it and then watch it grow. For the larger trees, our main contractor, Babcock, has worked with each organisation to plant them for them, often in their grounds for local people to enjoy.”

Kingsfold Primary School in Penwortham benefitted from 12 mature trees and more than 100 seedling Christmas trees for their children.

Head teacher Kellie Tierney said: “The children loved the fact that they could take home their own Christmas tree and it has certainly added to the levels of excitement about the festive period at the school. The trees will be a real legacy and the children have said they can’t wait to watch their very own Christmas trees grow for years to come.”

The final phase of work on the 191 pylons on the 60km long powerline that runs between substations at Penwortham and Daines near Manchester is scheduled for 2023.


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