29 JUN 2016

Schools get back to the roots of nature

MP delighted to give school's a special opportunity

Helen Grant, MP for Maidstone and the Weald, was pleased to learn that Primary Schools in her constituency are being offered the chance to plant trees with help from the Woodland Trust. The scheme aims to provide schools with a chance to connect to nature and improve their local area by planting trees – for free. Children across the constituency can look forward to planting a copse (small group of trees) or hedge, which can provide a wild harvest, or a burst of year round colour.

Over the next four years, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) are supporting The Woodland Trust to offer an additional 400,000 British native trees to up to 7000 state funded primary schools in England. As well as free tree packs, for eligible schools, there's help with finding somewhere else to plant if there isn't room in school grounds; protection to help the trees grow; and on-line curriculum-linked resources to support teachers' lesson plans.

In response to the news Helen Grant MP said: "This great opportunity will help schools improve their local environment and enable children to learn about nature. Trees bring enormous benefits to not only the environment but also to us also. I am very grateful grateful to the Woodland Trust for the offer to donate trees to my constituency and to provide this oppurtunity"

Beccy Speight, Chief Executive of The Woodland Trust said: "It's vitally important children get the chance to plant a tree. We know from our research it's a memory they'll treasure for years to come, and often starts their relationship off with the natural world and all the benefits that brings. This scheme offers schools which have found it hard in the past, a new way to plant trees, and bring an oasis of green into their community."

To apply for a free tree pack visit the Woodland Trust website here or search 'School tree packs' on-line. The closing date for applications is September 9th 2016 for tree delivery in November.

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