Pupils from Clavering Primary School will be making a deep-rooted change to their playing field by planting trees during The Tree Council’s 2015 National Tree Week (from 28th November to 6th December).
With the help of a grant from The Tree Council, the children will be planting a variety of ornamental tree species around the school’s new ‘reading circle’ on Friday 4th December at 9.30am.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of National Tree Week, the UK’s biggest annual tree celebration, which was first held in 1975.
“Clavering Primary School have impressed us with their plans for carrying out this tree planting scheme which will add botanical interest to their playing field, as well as allowing children to get outdoors, connect with nature and learn about the many benefits of trees. As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of National Tree Week, it’s more important than ever that we keep on growing a diverse range of tree species to counteract the damaging effects of tree pests, such as ash dieback, leaf miner moth and chestnut gall wasp, at the same time as helping to instil a lifelong interest in conservation issues amongst children, regardless of their background or beliefs. Thanks to the resources contributed by our donors and supporters, The Tree Council has been able to offer this grant so that schools such as Clavering Primary School can get digging,” said The Tree Council’s Director-General, Pauline Buchanan Black.
“The children were keen to get involved and input their ideas to develop our outside space. This project to develop an outside reading area will bring them together in a fun outdoor activity and serve to enhance their learning experience. We will strive to ensure that these trees thrive in our new reading circle area, so that future generations can continue to benefit from our actions,” commented Ros Allsop, Head Teacher.
Clavering Primary School is one of the schools and community groups across the UK that made a successful application for a share of grants totalling more than £30,000.