Ravenshall School

Planting edible hedgerows and trees at a special school in Dewsbury

White Rose Forest

Trees for Climate, Year 4

142 metres of edible hedgerow and trees have been planted in the forest school and vegetable garden at Ravenshall School in Dewsbury. The new hedgerow will provide a wonderful learning opportunity as they produce fruit that can be eaten and cooked by the students.

These trees and hedgerow will provide multiple benefits for the pupils and school environment by:

  • Improving biodiversity and variety of habitats
  • Improving the forest school environment and learning opportunities for pupils


Ravenshall School is a large day special school which caters for pupils with complex needs. Most pupils have complex learning difficulties combined with other special educational needs such as behavioural difficulties or autistic spectrum disorders. A number of students have more complex learning needs including sensory and physical impairments and specific learning difficulties.

The aim of the hedgerow planting project in the forest school and vegetable garden areas is to plant a range of edible species which will provide future learning opportunities for the pupils. Students will be able to have hands on experience throughout the seasons, learn about natural food sources and use the produce.

The new hedgerow has primarily been planted around the perimeter of the forest school area where outdoor lessons take place. Edible species planted include Bramble, Red Currant, Black Currant, Raspberry, Crab Apple and Jostaberry. Hornbeam and Hazel have been added for structure.

Trees for Climate funding supported the planting of some of the hedgerow species, as well as some larger fruit trees. Further funding was provided by the school for some of the hedgerow plants. The funding also supported the involvement of local Community Interest Company Fruitworks, who worked with pupils and teachers to plant the hedge and trees.


Enhancing wildlife and biodiversity:

This new hedgerow and trees will improve biodiversity and provide food for wildlife in this urban setting.

Education and Community:

The project will provide learning opportunities for all pupils at Ravenshall school and enhance their outdoor learning environment and experience.

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