Hagley pupils r-ake their mark in Olympic history

Stourbridge News: Elise Williams (left) and Mollie Parsons (right) from Haybridge High School with Blue Peter gardener Chris Collins Elise Williams (left) and Mollie Parsons (right) from Haybridge High School with Blue Peter gardener Chris Collins

HAGLEY school pupils teamed up with a top TV gardener at the Olympic Village to r-ake their mark in games history.

Elise Williams, aged 16, and Mollie Parsons, aged 15, joined Blue Peter gardener, Chris Collins, to help plant the final three Coubertin Oak trees.

The trees were the last of 40 Oaks planted between the town of Much Wenlock, where the modern games were born, and the Olympic Park, one of the trees was planted in April at Haybridge High School in Hagley.

The trees grew from an oak planted in 1890 during the visit of one of the founders of the modern Olympic movement, Pierre de Coubertin, to the Wenlock Olympian Games.

The pupils from the Brake Lane school were among 52 students from the Get Set Network, which brings together young people with a commitment to the Olympic and Paralympic values, to see the arrival of the last Coubertin Oaks.

Chris Collins said: "The addition of the final Coubertin Oak trees remind us of the legacy that trees create, they will outlive us all and continue to bring enjoyment for many generations to come.”

Elise Williams said: "It was a really special day knowing that you are involved in leaving a legacy within the London 2012 Olympic Village, that in years to come you can still visit and share with family and friends is such a huge privilege."

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