Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre at Monkton Heathfield donated the saplings to the school so its pupils can plant them as a natural screen on the new allotment area.
Peter Giles, Land-based studies Coordinator at Sky College on Pickeridge Close, said: “Thanks to the garden centre’s kind donation we will be able to get to work on our new allotment area.
“The saplings are going to be planted as a natural screen to hide the large polytunnel that will be erected. Planting the trees will give the pupils the opportunity to be a part of the project and a sense of ownership over it. The project will also count towards their qualifications.”
Sky College is a school for boys aged from 11 to 16 who have social, emotional or behavioural difficulties.
The school currently has 54 pupils from across Somerset and in the last 12 months has adapted its curriculum to incorporate more practical activities such as Land-based Studies.
Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre at Monkton Heathfield in Taunton runs the sapling giveaway scheme annually. Schools, charities and not-for-profit organisations were invited to receive groups of between 50 and 100 small indigenous British varieties, known as whips.
Norma Moore, General Manager of the award-winning, independent family-run garden centre, explained: “We have held our sapling giveaway every year and it is always extremely popular. We offer the saplings to charities, communities, schools and other worthy causes and it is always really interesting to see the different projects people are working on.
“Earlier this year we set aside 2,014 small sapling trees, which were allocated to worthy causes on a first come, first served basis. We’re delighted to have helped Sky College with its new allotment area.”