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.
February 13th, 2017
All Saints Academy is a Church of England academy located in the North East of England. They received 50 tree saplings from ERS to help set up their own School Tree Nursery in January 2017. Teacher Tracy Reeve has kindly provided this update on the school’s planting day.
“Me and my team of Eco Warriors (a group of students from year 7,8,9) have planted the trees around the school grounds. They seem to be doing well and I’m sure they will thrive in their new environment. The students are so proud of the trees and their contribution to planting them.”
February 9th, 2017
Whiteways primary is a large inner-city primary school, serving a wide community in Sheffield. They received 50 tree saplings from ERS to help set up their own School Tree Nursery in January 2017. Teacher Rohan Wilson has kindly provided this update on the school’s planting day.
“Many thanks for the saplings. The children as always enjoy planting them and caring for them afterwards. We are currently extending our forest school area so more children in the area can enjoy the outdoor environment. The children all say a huge thank you!”
February 2nd, 2017
Blackwater school received 50 tree saplings from ERS to help set up their own School Tree Nursery in January 2017. Teacher Sue Chapman has kindly provided this update and some photos from the school’s planting day.
“Today the children have been planting trees in the top corner of the playing field. Probably the coldest day of this years winter, yet all children wrapped up and shared the experience.
We were awarded 50 saplings by the Earth Restoration Service, which is a charity that is trying to help communities and schools plant more trees. Our selection consisted of native species including hornbeam, field maple, oak, willow, hazel, silver birch, wild cherry and sweet chestnut.
The aim is to make the area more wildlife friendly. The species are selected by the organisations to provide various food sources and coverage for birds, insects and therefore other animals. It will in time create coverage between the school field and the new housing developments. As it grows it will probably be kept as hedging with some trees enabled to grow bigger. It may also provide opportunities for the children to study the habitat and be involved in its maintenance. Currently, all children who were at school last Thursday have planted a sapling with a friend. It was a very cold day but we tried to talk to the children about why we were doing it, about roots and how trees grow etc. The children were all very well behaved and thank you to staff for braving the cold!
We are also creating a Dogwood area which gives nice winter colour, these are from cuttings so any more donations welcome. The top left corner of the field will not be mown this summer and left to grow wild without planting.”
A short video of the tree planting can also be found on the school’s website at http://www.blackwater.cornwall.sch.uk/
December 7th, 2016
Greetings and welcome to a new planting season for 2016/17. We have been inundated with requests for having small scale tree nurseries and wildflower meadows in the school grounds this year and unfortunately, we do not have the budget to accommodate for all the schools that have signed up. We are doing our best to fundraise for you in order to make sure you will have a tree nursery growing in the school grounds shortly. For those schools that would miss this year’s tree planting, we will do our best to find the support for next year’s planting. If the time is pressing and you would like to plant this year, the option is for your school to contribute for the costs that are involved – for further information on this, please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
It is cheerful news of course that the demand is high. We look forward to a great season ahead seeing new woodlands branching out across the UK.
Yours in restoration.
The ERS Team.
July 4th, 2016
Park Primary is a PRU that supports 42 children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties that are not able to access mainstream education provision. They received 50 tree saplings from ERS to help set up their own School Tree Nursery in March 2016. Deputy Headteacher David Kiss has kindly provided this update for us.
“We absolutely loved planting the saplings and learning about what was needed to keep the trees protected to help them grow and stay strong.
This allowed a lot of the children to gain a practical ‘real life’ experience when planting the trees which was then followed up by class based work learning about plants and trees and how they function. We are hoping that we can create a lovely perimeter with the trees that grow and use the outside space for outdoor learning experiences in the future. Thank you so much for giving us this opportunity and we hope that we can be involved in this in future years.”
May 9th, 2016
Bryntirion comprehensive school received 50 tree saplings from ERS to help set up their own School Tree Nursery in January 2016. Teacher Jon Rubery has kindly provided this update from the school’s eco newsletter for us.
“An area of the school’s upper fields close to the orchard has been designated as a potential new woodland. With backing from various organisations trees started to arrive in early March for planting. The first to be planted included Wild Cherry, Field Maple, English Oak, Silver Birch, a Beech Circle for Mr Curtis’ poetry readings (a few years to wait though!) and some Mountain Ash (Rowan) trees. The first round of planting was undertaken by a small number of the Eco-Committee, split into teams of diggers, planters and labellers, the day flew by; eventually defeated by deteriorating weather nearly 100 trees in all were planted. Each tree was encouraged to grow with a plentiful quantity of mulch, given the support of a cane and wrapped in spiral guards for protection. All of the saplings, canes guards and mulch were very kindly donated by the School Tree Nursery Programme which is run by the Earth Restoration Service, the muscle by a variety of year 7 to 11 pupils and Mr Rubery, all of whom were managed and directed by Gareth Harfoot in Year 11.
During the rest of this year we are expecting to receive further deliveries of saplings. Within a few years the woodland should be self sustaining and should start to alter the nature of the heavy clay soils with cause drainage problems in that part of the school and as such are out of use for much of the year.
The long term plan is to develop an area of indigenous woodland offering shelter, solace and bio-diversity for use in all subjects from Science and Geography to English and Maths.”
May 5th, 2016
Park Hill Primary School received 50 tree saplings from ERS to set up their own School Tree Nursery in March 2016. Teacher Rachael Roper has kindly provided some feedback and photos from their tree nursery planting day for us below.
“Thank you very much for the trees that we received at Park Hill. The Eco team had a great time planting them as part of our meeting and learnt a lot about the depth needed for growth and the reasons for the bamboo and casing that you sent us.
I have attached a few pictures for you of the trees in our grounds. We have planted them in our garden area as we were unable to access our forest school due to water works. Many thanks again for the trees and the equipment too. It helped us to teach the children about how and why we plant trees in our environment and it would not have taken place without your trees.”
April 28th, 2016
Virgo Prep School received 50 tree saplings from ERS to set up their own School Tree Nursery in March 2016. Teacher Susan Ryan has kindly provided some photos of their planted tree nursery for us below.
April 27th, 2016
Holy Trinity Primary School received 50 tree saplings from ERS to set up their own School Tree Nursery in March 2016. Teacher Gary Hancock has kindly provided some feedback and photos of their planting day below.
“We have finally got all of our trees planted, we had another 10 saplings donated by an ex-parent doing the same project. The children enjoyed planting them and look forward to seeing them grow.”