The soil that receives the new plantations has been worked naturally: watered, frozen, re-watered. This natural cycle of weather conditions is essential to the growth and well-being of young plants.
On average, the children each planted three sessile oak plants, making a total of 800 saplings planted by schools for the ONF project. The plants were around 18 months old. Each tree will need to grow for between 100 and 150 years before it reaches its adult size.
The children were armed with spades and picks with which to plant their trees.
Nature will follow its course and other species of trees will sprout up alongside the sessile oaks at Bellevue. The ONF agents regularly weed out any species that might deter the growth of the young oak plants.