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Does your School want to take part in our School Tree Nursery or Flutter Flowers Programmes?

Information for schools on our School Tree Nursery Programme

What the programme involves: A three-hour educational session planting tree saplings in your school grounds together with pupils, staff, teachers and parents (any anyone else who wants to get involved!). Your school will act as a nursery for these young trees for typically 2 years, and when your trees are ready they can be planted on your school grounds, or relocated into the local community, to be planted out at an environmentally degraded or vulnerable site such as an inner city park, derelict land, floodplains, local woodland and so on. The planting season for trees is September through to March.

What you need: a nominated point of contact for ERS (e.g. a teacher), a suitable site, some excited schoolchildren and any adult volunteers you can muster (e.g. other teachers, parents). 

What we provide: Trees and guidance from an ERS representative will be provided.  We may also match your school to a sponsor who will provide funding specifically for your trees.  They may want to provide volunteers to help you plant on the day (with your permission). 

Please see below for a short video about the School Tree Nursery Programme:

 

What you need to do step-by-step:

  1. Check you have a suitable well-drained site, allowing one tree every one metre: Sapling trees may require watering over summer, so a nearby water supply is great.  For rural schools, a rabbit proof fence is a good idea – speak to us about this (rabbit fences and tree guards are provided with the delivery if requested).  Raised beds work well – ask your local building contractor to help.
  2. Fill in the form We will get in touch once we have secured funding to arrange a date for the delivery and planting of your trees.
  3. Get ready for the day:  You will need plenty of spades, a wheel barrow, old manure and straw to mix into the soil as a mulch.  
  4. Get everyone excited: there are lots of curriculum linked resources available on the web, here are some useful links: 
    https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/get-involved/schools/tree-pack-resources/
    https://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/infd-7chcwe
    https://sylva.org.uk/timber/directory
  5. On the day: we will take you through an informative three hour session to help you plant your trees and learn about how to care for them.
  6. Care for your saplings: Water regularly and maintain the nursery by checking for weeds, wind protection, water logging, and growth.  When the weeds grow through the old straw, new straw is added on top of the weeds in the spring.
  7. Identify a local spot to plant them out: Public or private land is fine - contact your local Council to ask about areas of public land that could be used or contact conservation organisations in your area and private landowners.  If you need any assistance with this, let us know.
  8. After two years, your saplings are ready, plant them out: Dig a pit of at least 15 to 20 cm around the root ball for the initial root growth.  If the tree is over 1.5m, put a stake (not more than 1/3rd of tree height) in the pit before the tree.  To backfill, gently shake the tree up and down to ensure good root to soil contact.  Firm the soil gently with the sole of the foot.  Water the tree copiously – at least two litres for a small tree. For more info, see The Woodland Trust: 
    https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/plant-trees/advice/how/

We have also developed a publication for schools called Treemendous! together with the WWF which you can download here, giving you many great suggestions on lesson plans, following the curriculum, and also information about the importance of trees to the environment which you can use as part of the programme with your pupils.


Info for schools on our FLUTTER FLOWERS Programme

What the project involves: a three-hour educational session planting wildflowers in your school grounds. 

What you need: a nominated point of contact for ERS (e.g. a teacher), a suitable site, some excited schoolchildren and any adult volunteers you can muster (e.g. other teachers, parents).  The planting season for wildflowers is November through to March.

What we provide: Wildflowers and guidance from an ERS representative will be provided. We may also match your school to a sponsor who will provide funding specifically for your flowers.  They may want to provide volunteers to help you plant on the day (with your permission). 

What you need to do step-by-step:

  1. Check you have a suitable site, Raised beds work well – ask your local building contractor to help.
  2. Fill in the form:  We will get in touch once we have a sponsor to arrange a date for the delivery and planting of your trees.
  3. Get ready for the day and get your planting maeterials and tools at the ready
  4. Get everyone excited: there are lots of curriculum linked resources available on the web, here are some useful links:
    https://schoolgardening.rhs.org.uk/Resources/Find-a-resource
    https://www.buglife.org.uk/activities-for-you/children-and-schools/b-lines-school-pack 
    http://www.edenproject.com/learn/for-everyone/what-is-pollination-a-diagram-for-kids
  5. On the day: Plant your flowers together with students and any volunteers.
  6. Care for your wildflowers: Water regularly and keep in touch with us if you need any advice on the progress of your flowers.

If you still have any questions about our programmes, please contact us!