Peter Millar, site manager at Potland Burn, said “This is the latest stage of our restoration, and probably one of the most exciting. There is a Chinese proverb that states ‘The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The next best time is now’. Bearing this in mind, I hope our visitors from Bothal Middle School enjoyed this part of the scheme as much as we have as these trees will be part of the landscape for years to come.”
Pupils from Bothal Middle visited the Potland Burn site last year and have also made an application to Potland’s community fund. The school will benefit from £15,000 to launch the ambitious Bothal’s G.O.L.D. Project (Great Outdoors Learning Development) this summer.
The tree planting ecology project came as a result of the relationship between the site and Bothal Middle School’s Principal, Mr Andy Roberts.
Mr Roberts commented: "We’re delighted to have developed such a strong relationship with UK Coal as a corporate community partner and to learn practical biology and geography skills as part of the tree planting project is a fantastic additional learning experience for our pupils.
“It’s not simply about attracting external investment, UK Coal continue to offer us technical support, survey work and guidance that have been a huge help in moving the Bothal’s G.O.L.D. project in the right direction. We look forward to repaying their faith in us by delivering a first class outdoor area over the summer, ready for pupils return to school in September”.
Our 242 hectare site at Potland Burn has already recovered two-thirds of its 2 million tonne coal target over its six year life. Once restored, the site will become a major ecological habitat, including wetlands, woodland and agricultural land. Additional footpaths and bridleways will be created on restoration for local people to enjoy.