The ERS School Tree Nurseries Programme and the School Flutter Flower Programme are providing a service to both the community and the environment by helping children in schools to learn about the environment and to plant trees and create wildflower meadows in order to restore their local degraded habitats.

Little Digmoor Primary School, Lancashire

April 27th, 2017

Little Digmoor Primary School received 50 tree saplings from ERS to help set up their own School Tree Nursery in March 2017. Teacher Carl Webb has kindly provided an update on the school’s tree nursery below.

“We have planted the new trees in our lovely garden and they are developing nicely. We have just secured a grant of money from the national lottery to develop this area on the school site.

Many thanks for your contribution!”

Sandy Lane Primary School, Berkshire

April 26th, 2017

Sandy Lane Primary school received 50 tree saplings from ERS to help set up their own School Tree Nursery in March 2017. Teacher Ali Hatherly has kindly provided an update from the school’s planting day below.

“My class loved planting the saplings to make a new wooded bank for our school diamond jubilee.  They did this with me during the last week of the Easter term along with planting fruit trees to add to our golden jubilee orchard.  This was my final activity with the children before leaving the school after 20 years, so it was lovely to leave something lasting behind.

Half of the trees have been potted up to be planted in our forest schools area later this term. This activity supports a small group of children with behaviour needs as part of their out of class mindfulness time. Thank you very much for the opportunity to get kids growing. As Bracknell in Bloom’s schools and youth coordinator, I understand how much children learn from being part of an environmental project.”

Lobley Hill Primary School, Gateshead

April 10th, 2017

Lobley Hill Primary school received 50 tree saplings from ERS to help set up their own School Tree Nursery in March 2017. Teacher Katherine Bruce has kindly provided these photos and an update from the school’s planting day below.

“A successful afternoon was had yesterday planting your trees and hedges! Please find enclosed some photos of our fun afternoon. Thank you very much for the beautiful trees, they are very good quality. ”

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Benison Nursery School, Chester

March 28th, 2017

Benison Nursery School received 50 tree saplings from ERS to help set up their own School Tree Nursery in January 2017. Teacher Jan Tunnicliffe has kindly provided these photos and an update from the school’s planting day below.

“Thank you so much for our fabulous saplings, We planted a few around our current Forest School site so that we can watch them grow and the rest at our future site that we will move into early next year. We are hoping that in a few years if we look after them our Forest School will look amazing with a vast array of different trees. A big thank you from all the children at Benison!”

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Knight’s Templar School, Hertfordshire

March 13th, 2017

Knights Templar School is a co-educational secondary school with academy status located in the market town of Baldock in North Hertfordshire. They received 50 tree saplings from ERS to help set up their own School Tree Nursery in February 2017. Headteacher Chris Gough has kindly provided these photos from the school’s planting day below.

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Holme on Spalding Moor Primary School, East Yorkshire

March 6th, 2017

Holme on Spalding Moor Primary School received 50 tree saplings from ERS to help set up their own School Tree Nursery in January 2017. Teacher Mark Alston has kindly provided this photo from the school’s planting day of their newly established tree nursery, with the children from the school’s gardening club who will be looking after the saplings as they develop.

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All Saints Academy, Cleveland

February 13th, 2017

All Saints Academy is a Church of England academy located in the North East of England. They received 50 tree saplings from ERS to help set up their own School Tree Nursery in January 2017. Teacher Tracy Reeve has kindly provided this update on the school’s planting day.

“Me and my team of Eco Warriors (a group of students from year 7,8,9) have planted the trees around the school grounds. They seem to be doing well and I’m sure they will thrive in their new environment. The students are so proud of the trees and their contribution to planting them.”

Whiteways Primary School, Sheffield

February 9th, 2017

Whiteways primary is a large inner-city primary school, serving a wide community in Sheffield. They received 50 tree saplings from ERS to help set up their own School Tree Nursery in January 2017. Teacher Rohan Wilson has kindly provided this update on the school’s planting day.

“Many thanks for the saplings. The children as always enjoy planting them and caring for them afterwards. We are currently extending our forest school area so more children in the area can enjoy the outdoor environment. The children all say a huge thank you!”

Blackwater School, Cornwall

February 2nd, 2017

Blackwater school received 50 tree saplings from ERS to help set up their own School Tree Nursery in January 2017. Teacher Sue Chapman has kindly provided this update and some photos from the school’s planting day.

“Today the children have been planting trees in the top corner of the playing field. Probably the coldest day of this years winter, yet all children wrapped up and shared the experience.

We were awarded 50 saplings by the Earth Restoration Service, which is a charity that is trying to help communities and schools plant more trees. Our selection consisted of native species including hornbeam, field maple, oak, willow, hazel, silver birch, wild cherry and sweet chestnut.

The aim is to make the area more wildlife friendly. The species are selected by the organisations to provide various food sources and coverage for birds, insects and therefore other animals. It will in time create coverage between the school field and the new housing developments. As it grows it will probably be kept as hedging with some trees enabled to grow bigger. It may also provide opportunities for the children to study the habitat and be involved in its maintenance. Currently, all children who were at school last Thursday have planted a sapling with a friend. It was a very cold day but we tried to talk to the children about why we were doing it, about roots and how trees grow etc. The children were all very well behaved and thank you to staff for braving the cold!

We are also creating a Dogwood area which gives nice winter colour, these are from cuttings so any more donations welcome. The top left corner of the field will not be mown this summer and left to grow wild without planting.”

A short video of the tree planting can also be found on the school’s website at http://www.blackwater.cornwall.sch.uk/

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