Free trees to benefit Chiltern schools
PRIMARY schools in Chiltern are being offered the chance to plant free trees with help from the Woodland Trust.
Schools across the Chesham and Amersham constituency are being offered the chance to connect with nature and improve their locality by planting trees – for free.
Children can look forward to planting a copse or hedge, which can provide a wild harvest, or a burst of year round colour.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is now supporting The Woodland Trust to offer an additional 45,000 British native trees to 7,000 state funded primary schools in England.
As well as free tree packs, for eligible schools, there is help with finding somewhere else to plant if there is not room in school grounds; protection to help the trees grow; and on-line curriculum-linked resources to support teachers’ lesson plans.
Chesham and Amersham MP Cheryl Gillan said: “This great opportunity will help schools improve their local environment and enable children to learn about nature. Trees bring enormous benefits.”
Chief executive of The Woodland Trust Beccy Speight 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.”
Apply for a free tree pack by visiting the Woodland Trust website at www. woodlandtrust.org.uk.
The closing date for applications is tomorrow (Friday).