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.”