Free trees to ben­e­fit Chiltern schools

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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).

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