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.
October 24th, 2013
Roy Down, Outdoor Learning Co-ordinator at Matthew Moss High School has kindly provided this update on the School’s Tree Nursery
The site we now call the Community Forest Schools area, that we have ear-marked for the trees (most of which are still in the tree nursery) has been virtually cleared from fly-tipping now. A massive amount has been shifted using the Community Pay-back scheme, which makes good use of young offenders time! So, what is left of the ERS trees will be going in this winter.
We have now got some small financial backing from Rochdale Council’s Clean and Green budget, to create a path through the site to access the part furthest from the road. On top of this Inspired Spaces who are an educational link between Rochdale Council and Carillion plc, have pledged to help create some shallow ponds on the site, under the guidance of Lancashire Wildlife Trust.
So as you can see, we are really going places, in what started as a nice area to plant our ERS trees!
Our school (800 students) has joined with four primary schools (total 1200 students) to form the Roch Valley Educational Trust and we are going to use the area as a Forest Schools and Training area, as well as enhancing the area for the local community.
September 30th, 2013
Headteacher Mike Painter has provided us with an update on the progress of his school’s Tree Nursery
St. George’s are in the process of re-planting its third batch of native
British tree saplings, grown in the school nursery for 12-18 months and then
planted in the Worcestershire countryside with the help of the local
charity, the Duckworth Trust.
The beds are tended by the school’s Eco-Schools team and replenished with
saplings from the Earth Restoration Service, though in Autumn 2013, we are
planning to plant 100 acorns in an attempt to make ourselves a truly
independent tree nursery.
The school grounds have mature birch, hazel, rowan and beech trees growing
in the grounds so we have taken the decision to plant the trees that we
grown on in our local community, supporting our environmental work as we
re-apply for our 4th National Green Flag Eco-schools award.
We would like to thank the Earth Restoration Service for their continued
support and the funding they gave the school to set up the nursery.
July 18th, 2013
Andreas Kornevall tells the Ecologist about the success of his School Tree Nursery Programme….
“trees have to be planted in our minds as well as in the soils”
When I started the Earth Restoration Service Charity, with an aim to enhance and restore ecological integrity, I had successfully managed to source and gather thousands of native trees and wildflowers to be used for restoration before there was a degraded area of land confirmed to restore.
I thought it would be straightforward to get access to land where I lived, as degraded and derelict areas could be seen everywhere. But after many magnificently failed calls with local councils, I realised this was more difficult than I had anticipated.
Read more here
June 27th, 2013
Claremont High School established a school tree nursery in March this year with saplings provided by ERS. Teacher Paul McCann has provided this feedback:
We have planted all the saplings in our school grounds. Some were used to replace failed trees from last year. Many of them have been used to line the perimeters of the school especially where residents’ gardens and fencing backs onto our school. We have planted them on a section of the school playing field where once we had cricket nets – we are hoping they will grow into a very attractive copse attracting birds and offering a shady retreat in summer.
We have also developed an area behind our science and Technology buildings where it is very quiet and undisturbed. We have planted some of the saplings in amongst the raised beds where we are growing herbs and vegetables. We have bird feeders her too and it will be a lovely area of the school where our pupils will earn the privilege to sit and enjoy.
May 14th, 2013
Deputy head teacher Maureen Shaw has provided this feedback on the school’s tree nursery, which they established in March 2013.
On our first planting we had snow, on the second hard frost and on the last day, as you can see – heavy rain!
However our trees were all planted with their ‘jackets’ on and we are looking forward to seeing them grow on our school hill.
April 30th, 2013
Our work with a Local MP and School for Earth Day 2013 was recently featured in The Portsmouth News. You can find the full article below:
The MP for Gosport made the most of her horticultural skills when visiting a local school.
Caroline Dinenage has been helping pupils at St John’s Church of England Primary School to plant tree saplings and learn about the environment in celebration of Earth Day.
Caroline joined forces with Boeing and the Earth Restoration Service (ERS), which goes out into the community each year
and encourages young people to play an active role in restoring the natural beauty of green spaces and woodland.
Speaking after her visit, Caroline said it was a really worthwhile experience.
‘The Earth Day initiative is a great way for children to learn about ecology, showing that gardening can be fun and enjoyable, while teaching young people about the importance of protecting our environment.
This fantastic scheme also helps people engage in local community projects and I was really impressed with the green fingers on display today.’
The Earth Restoration Service’s goal is to inspire young people to play their part in restoring the natural health of their own environments.
Link to Article Available Here: http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/education/gosport-mp-marks-earth-day-by-planting-a-tree-at-school-1-5043030
April 19th, 2013
Holme on Spalding Moor Primary School established their own school tree nursery with saplings provided by ERS in March 2013. Headteacher Mark Alston has provided this feedback.
All the trees seem to be budding and we have given them a good mulch of compost and bark chippings. The children in the photos are members of our gardening club and they will be looking after the saplings as they grow on.
April 19th, 2013
Lockwood Primary School Received trees in March 2013 to set up their school tree nursery. Teacher Diane Pattison has provided this update:
Just to let you know that the trees have been planted in and around our garden area, where they are now attended to by the care-taker (who runs the gardening club) along with the children.
April 16th, 2013
Knights Templar school received saplings from us to start their own School Tree Nursery in March 2013. Teacher Chris Gough has provided these photos from the planting.