Kevin has designs on encouraging kids to plant trees
TV PERSONALITY Kevin McCloud is the new One Tree Per Child ambassador.
The host of the popular home design show Grand Designs is urging schools and councils to join forces, with the aim of having every child plant at least one tree.
“It’s really important to teach children tree planting skills from a young age to encourage an interest in nature and wildlife habitats,” he said.
Known for showcasing innovative and eco-friendly homes, McCloud has encouraged schools to start working early with their local councils to make it in time for the planting season in autumn.
Some councils, including Marrickville, Waverley, Liverpool, Manly, Blue Mountains and the City of Sydney, have signed on.
One Tree Per Child cofounder Jon Dee said councils could apply for funding for seedlings courtesy of the Federal Government’s 20 Million Trees program.
Councils are eligible for grants of up to $25,000, with a total of $300,000 available for the first 100,000 trees. One Tree Per Child’s co-founder Olivia Newton-John said planting trees was a great way for children to connect with nature from a young age.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull launched the project in June in Bondi.
Jon Dee with daughter Estelle and Kevin McCloud.