A CRICKETING legend has paid a special visit to a school as part of tree-planting program.

Sir Alastair Cook dropped into Gosfield School, to spend time with the cricket academy, and plant a Gosfield Willow, through a partnership with Grays International.

The England cricket icon is the fifth highest Test run scorer of all time, captaining the English Test team in 59 Tests as well as 69 ODIs.

He is also the leading run scorer in Test matches for England and the youngest player ever to score 12,000 Test runs.

Sir Alastair is an ambassador for Gosfield School's sporting partner, Grays International.

Grays tree legacy program began in February 2020 when the former England captain visited the home of the brand in Robertsbridge to plant 33 willow trees, one for each of his test centuries.

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Arriving at the school at about 2pm, he spent time with the cricket scholars, also posing for some pictures with the school pupils.

Sir Alastair said: “It’s amazing to be involved with the launch of this campaign.

"It’s growing willow for a game I’ve always played, for a brand I’ve always used...As we become more aware of the need to look after the planet, sustainability initiatives like this one are going to be absolutely crucial.”

A spokesman for the school added: "We are honoured to be part of this wonderful programme which combines sustainability with a proud sporting heritage.

"In 15 years, the willows planted as part of this programme will be transformed into Gray Nicolls cricket bats ready to be put to good use by the international cricketers of the future.

"This programme embodies the Gosfield values - Grow. Achieve. Inspire."