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Thornford near Sherborne in Dorset handed eco-award for trees project

By Western Gazette - Sherborne  |  Posted: April 01, 2014

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Thornford school won the Environmental champion award with the Trees from Seed project, pictured with the trophy made from recycled materials at the site of the trees in the village of Thornford near Sherborne. from left, Trevor Rogers, Jane Rogers, Catrinona Fountain Magna Housing, Christine Hawkins Chair of the parish council, Emily Bullock and Headteacher of Thornford primary school Ian Bartle, front, Hannah 11, Jemima 10, Lizzie 11 and Mya 10.

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THORNFORD has been handed an environmentally friendly award for its Trees From Seeds project.

The village received an “Environment Champion” award as part of the Best Village Awards 2013, organised by the Dorset Community Action group.

But Thornford has had to wait six months to hold the award, having been named joint winner of the category with Powerstock.

The Powerstock Hut project held the award for the first six months and recently handed it over to representatives of Thornford Primary School, Thornford Parish Council and Magna Housing.

The Thornford Tree from Seeds Project launched in 2008 after villagers Trevor Rogers and Christine Hawkins noticed that trees were in decline around the village.

They approached Thornford Primary School just as it was beginning its journey through the Eco School’s Green Flag Award scheme.

The community worked together with the Digby Estate, to grow saplings from seeds collected from native trees before replanting them around the village in 2012.

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