Kevin has de­signs on en­cour­ag­ing kids to plant trees

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Adam Bell

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.

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