Adopt a Tree

Students from The Co-operative Academy spent the weekend giving out trees at the Britannia Stadium. People from the around the city were invited to come and collect a tree, donated by the Woodland Trust. All 500 trees were adopted by various members of the local community.

Mrs Clarke, an Assistant Vice-Principal at the Academy, said: "They had an absolutely fantastic time at the launch and now giving out the trees. We selected the students who had won the most merits last week. They loved helping out at the weekend."

The school will also receive several trees.

Mrs Clarke added: "We're still working on our landscaping so the trees will be a lovely addition."

Fans attending the weekend will also receive an adoption certificate and planting and care instructions. They will also have an opportunity to have their photograph taken with their tree. The club will publish all photographs on a specially-created virtual map on the trust's Facebook page.

A second map will be plotted showing the location of the Potters' 150th anniversary trees.

Penny Pulfrey, the trust's corporate partnerships fund-raiser, said: "The UK has the least amount of forest in Europe, with just 13 per cent compared to 44 per cent on the rest of the continent.

"Following our £6 million jubilee forest scheme last year we're really keen to get children out planting trees in their back gardens."

Aileen Walters, the Co-operative Group's sponsorship manager, said: "The trees will benefit the community for many years to come and we hope that the children who take part will have fun planting them and learning about looking after them as they grow."

Adrian Hurst, Stoke City's head of community added: "This project will benefit young fans of today and also future generations."

Students and staff also recieved a tour of the Britannia Stadium and even got to sit in the best seats in the house.

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