Question: Woodland Trust plan to have how many trees planted at schools by the end of the month?
Answer: 35,000 – A pilot group of 800 city schools are taking part.
Woodland Trust, partly funded by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, has begun a government-backed scheme which will see pupils attending city schools plant mini-forests in their playgrounds. The aim of the scheme is to “bring an oasis of green” into school communities, said Woodland Trust chief executive Beccy Speight.
A pilot group of around 800 schools have been sent packs of one or two-year-old saplings last week and will begin planting them. Amounting to 35,000 by the end of the month.
By 2020, the money spent will see 400,000 trees, with the rest funded separately by corporate sponsors and other various partners. Pupils at Griffin Primary School in Wandsworth, South London, will plant their trees with the help of environment secretary Elizabeth Truss who will be there to mark the beginning of the scheme.
Head teacher Chris Beazeley said that not many pupils in urban areas have the opportunity to visit parks and woods to get up close to nature. “By planting trees at school we can give them that experience and teach lessons in an engaging way,” he said. “Many of our early years children prefer to learn outdoors. It is good for them physically, socially, and developmentally and the trees will make our school a greener and more pleasant place.”
Beccy Speight said she hoped the experience would kick-start lifelong relationships with the natural world. “The scheme offers schools that have found it hard in the past a new way to plant trees,” said Ms Speight.
Personally I feel that it is a brilliant idea for schools in cities to have this sort of scheme where they are able to help the environment and give their pupils a different learning experience than what they would usually have.
Do you think more schools should get involved and help the environment? Is your children’s school one of those involved in the scheme? Perhaps have a look at the Woodland Trust website and see what they’re all about.
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