Tree-plant­ing leaves last­ing legacy on Is­lay

The Oban Times - - News -

CHIL­DREN at Bow­more Pri­mary School on Is­lay have been busy plant­ing trees in their grounds as part of a na­tional cam­paign from Royal Zoo­log­i­cal So­ci­ety of Scot­land (RZSS) and Cly­des­dale Bank.

Pupils were vis­ited by the Wild About Scot­land bus last week and given 15 trees.

It is hoped more than 420 trees will be planted across the coun­try over the next 12 months.

A re­cent ad­di­tion to the Wild About Scot­land cam­paign, this ini­tia­tive aims to help leave a last­ing green legacy with schools across Scot­land, with the ad­di­tional bonus of off­set­ting car­bon emis­sions against the mo­bile education cen­tre cur­rently tour­ing the coun­try.

An es­ti­mated 60 trees are re­quired to grow in or­der to off­set the Wild About Scot­land bus’s car­bon foot­print. To plant 420 means the cam­paign would off­set emis­sions from the bus seven times over.

Wild About Scot­land ed­u­cates the next gen­er­a­tion of con­ser­va­tion­ists about the im­por­tance of pro­tect­ing wildlife.

The bus vis­ited the var­i­ous schools through­out the week to teach pupils about Scottish na­tive species, their habi­tats and en­vi­ron­ments and what they can do to pro­tect them.

Ses­sions are de­liv­ered by a ded­i­cated education team from the RZSS on board a cus­tomised double- decker, which has been trans­formed from a Stage­coach bus into a fully func­tional mo­bile class­room, with ca­pac­ity for up to 26 chil­dren.

At the end of the lessons, pupils were given trees na­tive to Scot­land to plant in the school’s grounds.

The trees have been do­nated by the Wood­land Trust.

To find out which schools and other venues the bus is vis­it­ing or to book a visit to a pri­mary school for the next term, visit: http:// www. cbon­ wild­aboutscot­land.

The Wild About Scot­land bus vis­ited the young­sters at Bow­more Pri­ma­ryto teach them about Scot­land’s na­tive species and widl­life.

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