YOUNGSTERS planted trees to create a future wood in Pagham.
Dozens of saplings were put into the ground by members of Pagham Village Pre-School.
The event at the village hall was organised by Pagham parish councillor Dawn Salter. She said: “It is wonderful to be able to provide the opportunity to encourage the children to plant new trees and to watch them grow. If we can install in our children to care for the community, it is our hope they will grow to take pride in the area they live in.”
The trees, all native broad-leafed species, will grow into a flourishing small wood in as little as ten years.
They were provided by the Woodland Trust, which supplies trees for free to groups that want to improve their neighbourhoods.
John Tucker, the trust’s director of woodland creation, said: “By teaming up with communities like Pagham Parish Council, the Woodland Trust hopes to double our native woodland cover and enrich our landscape for generations to come.”
He said planting trees was a good way to bring together people to improve an area, learn more about wildlife or create a memorial.
The trust’s tree packs come in eight different themes for particular environments.