The work of the 21st century; together we can replenish the Earth.
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.
Rydal Penrhos School, from Colwyn Bay, North Wales, received tree saplings from us earlier this year to establish their own School Tree Nursery. Teacher Julie Woodthorpe has provided photos of some of the trees during the summer which show how they are beginning to flourish. Children in Pre-Prep planted some of the trees in the school’s local forest as part of their Forest School lessons. The rest were planted on the edge of the school field.
Andreas Kornevall, the Director of Operations for ERS and founder of the School Tree Nursery Programme is planning to visit STN schools during the 2014/15 planting season. The visit will include the creation of a tree nursery inside the school grounds on the day, and also a storytelling performance where he uses drums, lutes and flutes to enhance the old stories about trees and their rich folklore.
“On the day we plant up a tree nursery together, the children can tag their own sapling and plant it, we learn about how the trees live and why they matter, and we also open the old world and listen to the folklore and myths associated with trees.”
PRESS RELEASE: 17 June 2014
YOU WON’T SEE THE GALLERY FOR THE TREES
Brighton’s ONCA Gallery will be full of trees this month for a total of 100 hours to mark the launch of 100, a group exhibition and wider project featuring 100 artworks by selected artists and young people inspired by trees.
Katharine Lady Berkeley’s School received 50 saplings from ERS to help with setting up their own school tree nursery in January 2014. Their planting day went extremely well, with staff and students working together to plant 300 trees in 2 days. Teacher Emma Taylor has provided these great photos from the tree planting day below.
Scawby academy received 50 saplings from ERS in March 2014 to set up a school tree nursery. Headteacher Garth Nichols has provided these pictures from the school’s planting day.
Junior gardeners helped plant 12 native saplings on Leeds University campus, as part of a bigger donation of 50 trees given to the University by the Bright Beginnings Childcare Centre, Leeds.
Bright Beginnings received the trees after signing up for a project with the Earth Restoration Service and World Wildlife Fund.
“We were really lucky to be selected to receive the free trees as they are a charity dependent on fund-raising,” says Bright Beginnings’ Jenna Whitworth. “When I realised we were being given 50 trees, I contacted Mike Howroyd in the Sustainability team about the possibility of teaming up to find spaces around campus to plant the trees. He was happy to help and found spaces for 12 of the trees on campus, and the remainder will be planted in and around other University properties.”
The trees were planted on campus by the children with the help of the Estates Gardening team. Mike Howroyd, Sustainability Projects Coordinator and leader of biodiversity work on campus, explains: “This work supports the objectives of the Biodiversity Action Plan and is another great example of what can be achieved when different areas of the Facilities Directorate come together.”
“We decided to involve the children to help them gain a better understanding of some different parts of their local community within the campus,” continues Jenna. “It helped them to feel they are contributing to that community – as well as the planet – and developed their knowledge of nature and the practical skills of planting and nurturing growing things.”
Article taken from Leeds Reporter Magazine
Ash Villa school received saplings from ERS to set up a school tree nursery in March 2014. Teacher Gemma Bendell-Whittaker has provided this feedback.
The choice of what to plant is fantastic. We still have a few to plant, but the majority have been planted by the students in the school grounds. The students first of all chose a sapling and researched it, to find out the best position for planting and how to look after them. After this we all went into the gardens and chose the position. We had a lot of fun taking part in this scheme and the students feel ownership of what they are doing and keep asking to water the saplings. We have a few more saplings left to plant, below is a photo of the students preparing the ground for planting. Thank you to ERS for including us in this scheme, it is extremely beneficial.