Year 9 Pine Pulling @ Arne
Considering the forecast, and the weather on the day, it is safe to say that Year 9 are resilient and determined (and a little damp) after their pine pulling experience in Arne on Wednesday the 8th November.
A huge well done to all the students involved. The trip has always been a Purbeck School success, and it was a real pleasure to take a group of year9s into the heath to help the National Trust with some heathland management. Students learnt how ‘Pine Pulling’ is a vital management technique to help maintain our threatened heathlands due to the invasion of pine trees which were planted many years ago, whilst also agreeing that deforestation can have negative impacts too. Kingfisher and Kestrel house were especially resilient as they faced a torrential downpour, and yet helped clear a large area of forest. Skylark and Swift had the afternoon shift and helped cut down as well as clear a further section.
The National Trust were extremely grateful for their help and we can’t wait to run the trip again next year! Quote of the trip came from Jaxon who said “this is actually really fun, can we do this every Wednesday?”. Well done year 9!