From little acorns, great intu trees do grow

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Last year, intu Milton Keynes launched a tree adoption programme to ensure the heritage of the Midsummer Oak remained in Milton Keynes.

Schools were invited to adopt a sapling tree, which were grown from harvested acorns from the Midsummer Oak a decade ago, and record its growth, changes to the tree, and the wildlife it attracts, as a part of the school’s curriculum.

This week, six schools from across Milton Keynes returned from their Easter break to find their saplings had been planted, thanks to work by intu and The Parks Trust.

“It’s important for intu Milton Keynes to ensure the legacy of the Midsummer Oak remains a part of Milton Keynes’ history for many years to come and for us to support projects that reach out to the heart of the local community,” says general manager at intu Milton Keynes, Shelley Peppard.

“The tree adoption programme is a fantastic way to ensure young people in Milton Keynes remember the Midsummer Oak, its history as well as its future.

“By working with each of the chosen schools, we will continue to support and monitor the programme and share the findings for all to enjoy,” she added.

The partipating schools were Falconhurst School, Eaglestone; Giles Brook primary, Tattenhoe; St mary and St Giles Junior, Stony Stratford; New Bradwell School; Olney Middle School and Olney Infant School.