Children help plant native trees for campaign to be more active at school

by | Mar 20, 2015 | Featured Slider, Latest, News

Children from five different primary schools got their hands dirty when they planted more than 60 native trees at a school.

The trees were planted in the ground of Merryhills Primary school, in Bincote Road, Enfield, as part of the ‘Be an Enfield active ranger’ competition.

The campaign is also hoping to encourage children to walk to school, with 38 primary schools across the borough are taking part.

Schools taking part in the scheme receive campaign packs including charts and stickers and a mascot teddy bear.

Cllr Chris Bond, Enfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for environment and community safety, said: “This wonderful competition will see over 60 native trees planted in the grounds of Merryhills Primary School by local children.

“The scheme forms part of the Enfield 2020 sustainability programme, helping them learn about the importance of trees to offset carbon in our environment and how they can also be havens for wildlife.

“It is vital that young people learn how important it is to protect and enhance the environment at an early age and this scheme will help them do that.”

Cllr Ayfer Orhan, cabinet member for education, children’s services and protection, added: “Enfield Council is working extremely hard to make as many children walk to school every day as we can. Walking to school promotes health, mental wellbeing and stops cars clogging up the streets.

“The ‘BEAR’ scheme encourages sustainable transport and shows the real benefits of being active for young people. I hope even more schools will join up.”