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.
We want to clean up an ancient stream on the edge of town, in the local environment of Hailsham, East Sussex. The stream flows from the centuries old Common Pond in town and is now polluted with all kinds of rubbish and used engine oil. The pollution has been dumped over time and is now slowly floating downstream by each season. The stream is full of blackened plastic dams behind sodden brown mattress’, sofas bikes tv’s wheelie bins, toys, hoovers, cans and bottles. It has become a toxic shock, which flows through woodland, round the trunks of old oak trees, through blackthorn thicket and out into the Pevensey Levels, an SSSI and Ramsar protected wetland site.
Our goal is to bring local people together to clean this small stream as a community event, and as a gift to the wild and the water.
To restore this stream, we need the support for: rental of 3 skips, large gloves for volunteers, refreshments, hire of community centre, printing costs, travel to and from the site, volunteer co-ordination and media work. The total which comes to £3,065
We are delighted to see that community tree planting group Andover Trees United has won the 2015 Observer/ Guardian Ethical Awards, in the Ecover Young Green Champions Category.
In 2011, this group of Hampshire schools each set up tree nurseries through our School Tree Nursery Porgramme. In the following 4 years since, the group has grown to over 25 schools, who have planted thousands of trees into their local environment, many of which are donated by Earth Restoration Service each year. The group have also grown to be involved with other reforestation, community and environmental awareness programmes, and will hopefully continue to expand in the future. Please see below an extract from the Guardian Awards site, and to read the article click here.
“Mighty oaks from little acorns grow” is a phrase nobody understands better than Andover Trees United. Established in 2011 by teacher Wendy Davis, the project’s aim was to ensure that every young person in the Hampshire town and surrounding area planted a tree in their school nursery bed, later moving it to a dedicated woodland space. “We wanted it to be something that would bring together the community,” says Oonagh Pope, 63, a retired teacher who helped Davis plant the very first batch of saplings at Portway Junior School. Since then 4,000 trees have been planted in Andover’s seven-acre Harmony Wood, and things show no sign of slowing down.”
Earth Restoration Service is the official charity for The Resurgence Poetry Prize, the world’s first major award for ecopoetry.
The Resurgence Poetry Prize is the world’s first major ‘ecopoetry’ award. Three prizes will be awarded each year for original and previously unpublished ecopoems in English. The inaugural 2015 Award has been announced, with a first prize of £5,000 for the best single poem embracing ecological themes, the award ranks amongst the highest of any English language single poem competition.
The Prize operates under the auspices of the Resurgence Trust, publishers of Resurgence & Ecologist magazine. The Poetry Archive, and the environmental charity Earth Restoration Service, are also associated with the Prize.
The competition Opens on 17th July and Closes on 1st November 2015
Wednesbury Oak Academy received 50 tree saplings from ERS to set up their own School Tree Nursery in January 2015. Sustainability Coordinator Denise Peake has provided this update & a photo from their tree planting day:
“Thanks go to Earth Restoration Service for the many trees you so kindly provided for our children at Wednesbury Oak Academy. The whole school came out to plant them along with parents and staff. It was a super day for outdoor learning, encompassing many subjects such as speaking and listening, science and PSHE. In addition, the children exercised care and sensitivity showing mature levels of teamwork.
Once again, many thanks for the enduring contribution which has enhanced our school immensely.”
John Paul II primary school is based in West Belfast, Northern Ireland and has just joined together with a local girls school. They have a large grass area in the school, something that is quite rare in schools in that area, and applied to our programme with the aim for their school and community to plant tree saplings together on the grounds.
They received 50 tree saplings from ERS to set up their own School Tree Nursery in March 2015. Teacher Melanie Collins has provided this update & some photos from their tree planting day:
“My class have really enjoyed learning all about trees in the run up to their arrival. We got the whole school involved in planting them and all the children had a great time getting their hands dirty, an experience they don’t get enough of!”
St. Thomas’ CEP School received 50 tree saplings from ERS to set up their own School Tree Nursery in March 2015. Teacher Vicky Davidson has provided some photos of their tree planting day in April for us below.
We are pleased to say this year’s school tree nursery programme has been a great success! Between January & March we have sent tree saplings & tree planting materials to 67 schools around the UK, who have planted a total of 3000 trees on their grounds, contributing to ecological restoration, whilst teaching students about trees & their importance to the ecosystem, and also involving their local communities in planting events.
Below is a map showing the location of this year’s school tree nursery sites, and if you would like to browse an interactive version please click here: http://www.maptive.com/ver3/STN2015
Gwyrosydd Primary is a large school in Swansea with 450 pupils and a newly established Specialist Teaching Facility for autistic children. They signed up for our School Tree Nursery programme to help support their scheme to develop a forest school area on their grounds.
They received 50 tree saplings from ERS to set up their own School Tree Nursery in January 2015. Teacher Moyra Davies has provided this update on their tree planting day:
“I would like to thank you for accepting Gwyrosydd Primary School for the school tree nursery programme. All year groups have been involved in the planting of the trees and they have learned from the experience. The saplings are now established and are growing well. They were planted in an area in the school grounds so we can eventually increase our Forest School site. We are grateful for the trees and we are fortunate to be part of this programme.”
Brompton Academy received 50 tree saplings from ERS to set up their own School Tree Nursery in March 2015. Teacher Janyl Briggs has provided this update & some photos from their tree planting day:
“Many thanks for the trees, they were even better than we expected. We decided to plant the trees during the school Easter holidays with students planning to join us full time in September. We used some trees to enhance our boundary. We are in a new building and are waiting for our remaining outside space to be completed so that we can plant the rest of the trees in our newly formed grounds. I will keep you updated.”
The Tree Nursery Campaign is run by the Earth Restoration Service.
We are a UK Registered Charity No. 1118951.
1st Floor, 10 Fetter Lane, London, EC4A 1BR, United Kingdom
Email: info at earthrestorationservice dot org