Our goal is to create a network of schools across the UK and world-wide which are all actively involved with their local communities in planting new woodlands. We intend for this programme to become an educational and practical force for reforestation across the world.
What are School Tree Nurseries?
These are areas set up within school grounds where tree saplings can be planted and raised to the point they are ready to be moved and replanted in the local area. The children actively participate in the planting and care of the trees and play a part in deciding their final destination. If you looking to host a School Tree Nursery, you'll find more information here.
Since the 1930s, more than half the UK's ancient woodland we has been destroyed. 60% of our animal and plant species have declined in the past 50 years. Many are now endangered; some face extinction. For just £350 you can sponsor a local school to create a nursery of 50 young trees. We have a long list of interested schools just waiting to be matched with sponsors who are willing to support their project.
Our programme has 2 distinct benefits:
- A practical programme for genuine wildlife aid by boosting our dwindling invertebrate populations, which support a wealth of other animal species higher up the food chain. For example, one oak tree harbours 400 insects. The sapling trees are nurtured in the protective environment of the school until they are mature enough to be planted out in local degraded environments such as neglected inner city areas
- An opportunity for children to learn practical skills, learn about the natural world and have a lot of fun. Skills the children gain:
- How to use tools, such as spades and rakes
- Listening to instructions on planting, asking questions
- Wildlife identification, they learn to recognise some wildflowers, trees and insects, including butterfly species and handle small creatures such as snails and worms
- Perseverance, often it is not easy for them, but with encouragement they see it through
- Creative thinking, children given a taste of freedom come up with very imaginative and inspiring ideas as they plant the trees
- Team work, and sharing
- Responsibility, to take care of a habitat and wildlife they come across
- A feeling of working together for a good cause, a connection with each other and the land.
If you'd like to host a School Tree Nursery programme at your school, you can find more information here.