YOUNGSTERS established some firm roots as they marked the start of their school years.

Reception children at Moreton First, near Oswestry, marked the start of the autumn term by planting trees.

The samplings are positioned around the perimeter of the school, which is the preparatory establishment for Moreton Hall, and the children will be encouraged to nurture their trees and watch them flourish.

The initiative - entitled Plant a Tree, Grow with Me - introduced by headteacher Catherine Ford.

She said: “The children have loved planting their trees and are now looking forward to seeing them grow over the months and years to come.

"We hope this will be a long-lasting memory for the young children as they commence their learning journey here at Moreton First.”

The idea for planting the trees stemmed from Moreton First’s strong commitment in protecting the environment through its Forest School and inspired by a handwritten letter received from Sir David Attenborough, who commended the students on helping to protect the planet.

Mrs Ford added: “We hope that through the tree planting not only are we increasing children’s environmental awareness but we hope to provide them with a sense of belonging.

"The aim is for every child starting school will be able to plant their own tree and together we can watch their transition.“