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.

The Breck School, Blackpool

April 1st, 2015

The Breck School received 50 tree saplings from ERS to set up their own School Tree Nursery in March 2015. Teacher Kelly Moore has provided this update and a photo of their tree planting day:

“We have recently received saplings from ERS. The children loved planting them in the school grounds. The children developed a buddy system and the Year 6′s worked with children from a year 1 class. Please see pictures below and thank you very much for the trees!”

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Penn School, Buckinghamshire

March 24th, 2015

Penn School, a special secondary school for pupils with communication and language hearing impairment & autism in Buckinghamshire, received 50 tree saplings from ERS to set up their own School Tree Nursery in February 2015. Teacher Philippa Worley has provided this update and some photos of their tree planting day:

“Thank you very much for the trees. We still have a few left to plant but enjoyed  the sunny weather to get the bulk planted in early March. Please see some photos of students independently preparing holes and planting trees during their planting & staking lesson”.

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St Philip’s CE Primary School, Manchester

March 16th, 2015

St. Philip’s Primary, a small inner city primary school in Manchester, received 50 tree saplings from ERS to set up their own School Tree Nursery in March 2015. Eco schools coordinator Susan Lee has provided this update and some photos of their tree planting day:

“Thanks again for selecting our school to plant our own tree nursery. We got all 50 saplings into the ground within an hour! I’ve attached some pictures of my colleagues and parent volunteers including a Nursery child who brought his own tiny spade! We can’t wait to see them grow.”
 

Repton Manor Primary School, Kent

March 9th, 2015

Repton Manor Primary school received 50 tree saplings from ERS to set up their own School Tree Nursery in January 2015. Site Manager Mike Smith has provided this update and a photo of their trees:

The children in the gardening club planted the trees with a little help from myself and another teacher. I don’t think I have ever seen children so enthusiastic about gardening and planting before! They measured out between all the trees, planted them with the bamboo sticks supplied, added the tree planting compost and then fitted the spiral guards.

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The Abbey School, Faversham, Kent

March 3rd, 2015

The Abbey school received 50 tree saplings from ERS to set up their own School Tree Nursery in February 2015. Teacher Paul Muddle has provided some photos from their planting day below. Paul worked with the sixth form giving lessons on different methods of planting young trees, and pupils and staff then planted the trees on school grounds. Over the next few years the trees will grow on the school grounds and then be donated to local primary feeder schools in the community.

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Andover pupils Plant for the Planet with trees from Earth Restoration Service

March 2nd, 2015

224912_948972095136285_4239202888032112059_nPlant-for-the-Planet (PftP) s a UN Environment Programme that trains 8-14 year olds as Climate Justice Ambassadors.

With the support of the local community, community group Andover Trees United hosted its 2nd Academy on Thursday 26th February at The Portway Stadium.

A team of 7 young Ambassadors who trained at last year’s Academy, hosted the day. They were supported by PftP UK Coordinator Wendy Davis and Andover Trees United volunteers in running the event: registering participants, delivering presentations, leading games and activities and managing the end-of-day graduation.

11036086_948978221802339_1058856475305389779_n53 young people aged 8-14 from 7 local schools had signed up for the day. They learned about climate change, the imbalance of carbon-producing nations vs the continents most affected by changing weather patterns and were given the knowledge and the tools to make a difference by challenging the adults of our world to: STOP TALKING! START PLANTING!After lunch the 60 children and accompanying adults walked to Charlton Park to plant 200 trees with the help and support of TVBC countryside rangers. TVBC actively support the endeavours of Andover Trees United and Plant-for-the-Planet.

11048273_948971521803009_1734758268852747316_nThe trees were donated by the Earth Restoration Service (ERS) and UK Oak Doors and have been cared for by Andover Trees United over the past 12 months in a nursery bed provided by the Enham Trust.

After tree planting, the children took part in action planning to generate ideas for taking the programme forward. A team of newly qualifed Ambassadors delivered the closing presentation to the assembled audience and were then presented with their certificates and gifts by their young hosts.

Participating schools:
Balksbury Juniors, John Hanson, Portway Juniors, Roman Way, Rookwood, St John the Baptist and Test Valley

The Dales School, Blyth

February 9th, 2015

The Dales school received 50 tree saplings from ERS to set up their own School Tree Nursery in January 2015. Teaching Assistant Steve O’Mara has provided this update and photos from their planting day:

“Many thanks for the trees. We had a tree planting day  on the 19th of January, when every class in the school took part in planting trees around the school grounds, despite the wind, rain, and cold temperatures. The day served as a good introduction to many of the students as to the value of trees in their community, and why we should be planting them in the school. They also had a fun break from their regular lessons!”

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The best technology to save the world: trees

February 9th, 2015

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Oxford University scientists, after a year of research, have determined the best technology to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and try to reverse global warming.

It’s trees!

They considered methods ranging from capturing emissions from factories and power stations to extracting carbon dioxide directly from the air, and adding lime to oceans to increase their absorption of the gas, a study released on Tuesday showed.

None were more promising than planting trees, or baking waste wood to form a type of charcoal that can be added to soil. Relative to other so-called Negative Emissions Technologies, afforestation and biochar are low-cost, have fewer uncertainties and offer other benefits to the environment, the research shows.

More information here

Winton Arts & Media College, Bournemouth

February 5th, 2015

Winton College received trees from us to set up their own School Tree Nursery in January 2015. Forest School leader Heather Johnson has provided this update:

“Our trees are currently potted up in a small area in our school garden.  We haven’t quite decided where to put them all yet.  There are plans to build a new play area for the younger students in the school and that is where they probably be permanently planted.”

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