Chesham and Amersham Primary schools could soon have a lot more trees.
The Woodland Trust are providing schools with tree packs so children can learn about nature and plant trees in and around their schools.
Children can look forward to planting a copse or hedge, which can provide a wild harvest, or a burst of year round colour.
Defra is now supporting The Woodland Trust to offer an additional 45,000 British native trees to 7000 state funded primary schools in England.
As well as free tree packs, for eligible schools, there’s help with finding somewhere else to plant if there isn’t room in school grounds; protection to help the trees grow; and on-line curriculum-linked resources to support teachers’ lesson plans.
Rt Hon Cheryl Gillan MP said:
“This great opportunity will help schools improve their local environment and enable children to learn about nature. Trees bring enormous benefits.”
Beccy Speight, Chief Executive of The Woodland Trust said:
“It’s vitally important children get the chance to plant a tree. We know from our research it’s a memory they’ll treasure for years to come, and often starts their relationship off with the natural world and all the benefits that brings.
“This scheme offers schools which have found it hard in the past, a new way to plant trees, and bring an oasis of green into their community.”