A reading tree is spreading a love of books in Wisbech

The reading tree in Wisbech

The reading tree in Wisbech - Credit: Archant

A tree crammed with children’s books is in Wisbech market place for the summer as part of a five year plan to encourage local youngsters to love reading.

The quirky tree has tiny doors that people can peek into to find a treasure trove of books inside for all ages.

The tree was set up for the town’s reading festival and will remain in place until the end of summer.

The five-year initiative has been launched to improve literacy in Wisbech.

It aims to encourage more adults to get into reading and to help their children enjoy books too with the goal of improving literacy skills across all ages.

It is being organised by a consortium made up of local schools, the library, businesses and other interested bodies including local councils.

Literacy levels among Wisbech school pupils is way below the national average..