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Holy Trinity Primary School, Northwood

Wednesday, 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.”

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Cumnor CE Primary, Oxford

Monday, April 25th, 2016

Cumnor CE Primary received 50 tree saplings from ERS to set up their own School Tree Nursery in March 2016. Teacher Linda Druce has kindly sent us some comments from the students and photos of their planting day below.

cumnor“We wanted to write to express our thanks for including our School in the Tree Nursery Programme.  The children have enjoyed the whole experience, they have worked with our Forest School Leader to prepare the nursery and plant the trees, learning about each tree as they do. They had great ideas where the different trees can be best planted in the school grounds, once they are established and enjoyed making name tags for their tree.

I thought you might like to hear from the children themselves, please see some of their letters below. Thank you again for gifting such a worthwhile opportunity for our School.”

“Dear Earth Restoration Service, Thank you for donating 50 healthy and fine trees to Cumnor CE Primary School. I hope when I’m older, I can be as dedicated to nature and life as your charity is.”
Laura Y6 – Eco Warrior


“Thank you so much for the trees, we had a lot of fun planting them and hope that they will grow into strong healthy trees. They will be planted in our grounds and I hope when I’m old I can visit the school and see the trees we planted.”
Harvey Y6


“We wanted to say a massive Thank You for sending the huge selection of nursery tress (50 to be exact) to our school.  It has made a big difference to the Eco Team. We loved planting all the different trees and even named some of them, making some big name tags. Thank you again for sending us our Tree Nursery, we shall enjoy looking after them and watching them grow. The school looks much nicer with them.”
Jaya and Freddie Year 5


“Thank you so so much for the lovely trees, we had a great time working with the Forest School leader planting our nursery. It was great giving new life to our grounds.”
From Eva and Seth Y4 Eco Warriors


cumnor1 “Thank you for bringing us 50 new trees, hopefully they will also bring more nature to visit our school. They have made a real difference to all the school.”
From Ava and Oli Y3


“Thank you for the trees, our favourite was the Cherry trees.  We have been learning about Trees in our topic work and our whole class helped to plant the trees with us. We had great fun making the tree Nursery.”
From Pippa, Joshua, Ruben and Ava KS1 Eco Warriors 


Alderley Edge Community Primary School, Cheshire

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

Alderley Edge Community Primary School received 50 tree saplings from ERS to set up their own School Tree Nursery in March 2016. Teacher Sarah Bull has kindly provided some feedback and photos of their planting day below.

“A fork full of pupils from our school Eco-Committee, 50 trees in a wheelbarrow, buckets full of trowels and spades and a large heap of enthusiasm!

Our Eco-monitors (pupils ranging from Year One to Year Six) applied to The Earth Restoration Service Charity for a donation of trees to help develop a wild garden area on our school field. The charity contacted us in February to say they would provide us with 50 native British trees.

On Wednesday 23rd of March our Eco-monitors, junior recycling officers and willing volunteers planted 50 trees in the corner of our school field in preparation for our wild garden area. The children enjoyed identifying the tree saplings and were keen to plant them. They used canes to support each tree and protective cones to deter rabbits.

Well done to all involved. Everyone worked well together and it was good to see so many smiling faces once our gardening work was done!

Thanks again to ERS for your kind donation we look forward to seeing our trees grow in the near future.”

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The Polygon School, Southampton

Monday, April 18th, 2016

sapThe Polygon School is a behavioural school in Southampton, working with pupils for whom mainstream education is not appropriate. Their outdoor education programme is very popular and the pupils benefit from it a great deal. They received  50 tree saplings from ERS to set up their own School Tree Nursery in March 2016. Teacher David Patchell has kindly provided this feedback and a photo of their planting day.

“After signing up to the School Tree Nursery Programme, we were selected this year to be one of the chosen schools to receive a nursery.  With small tree saplings donated to us by the Earth Restoration Service we have started a tree nursery on the allotment.  In all, 50 saplings arrived in March and included; hazel, goat willow, wild cherry, silver birch, oak and hornbeam. Some of the hazel were planted directly into the cleared ground in the park (see below). The rest will either be planted in the park next winter, given to partner schools and projects that are working, like us, on improving our environment. Thank you to ERS for helping our pupils achieve their full potential!”

Foxyards Primary School, Dudley

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

Foxyards Primary school  received 50 tree saplings from ERS to set up their own School Tree Nursery in March 2016.  Nursery Teacher Rachel Hannon has kindly provided some feedback and photos of their planting day below.

“I would like to thank you for the donation of trees for our school. I have been working with the school Site Manager to develop an overgrown area of the school grounds into a safe woodland / forest area where children can have first-hand experiences with nature. Your donation of trees has been a significant contribution to the development of this area.

At this stage children in Nursery and Reception have weekly learning opportunities in the forest. Parents of these children were invited into school to plant a tree with their child. It was a brilliant opportunity for parents to see the site and for them and the children to contribute to the development of the site. The tree planting day was a great success. Parents brought in shovels and all 50 saplings were planted. All saplings are labelled with the child’s name with the idea that as the children move through the school they will be able to observe their tree growing. It was a brilliant day for the children and the parents.”

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St. Mary’s Catholic Voluntary Primary Academy, Cleveland

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

St. Mary’s Catholic Voluntary Primary Academy is located in a very deprived area of Cleveland, with around 75% of pupils receiving free school meals, and most pupils are ranked as living between 0-10% in the IDACI ranking. The school  received 50 tree saplings from ERS to set up their own School Tree Nursery in March 2016.  Teacher Kathryn Phelps has kindly provided some feedback and photos of their planting day below.

“We planted the trees you donated during a whole school project in the recognition of ‘CAFOD’ charity week to emphasise the importance of caring for the environment to the children. We arranged a ‘Tree Planting’ day where each year group planted trees in small groups, we also invited parents along to help and the children loved it. The children are very excited to watch trees grow as the children move through school.

Thank you very much for your generous donation, it is greatly appreciated and the children have already shown great enthusiasm to care for the trees. Here are some pictures from the day to show you how much fun we had!”

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Sanders School, Essex

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Sanders School received 50 tree saplings from ERS to set up their own School Tree Nursery in March 2016. They have planted the trees as part of their new year 9 ecology club, and are now monitoring the trees progress. Science teacher Hazel Crago has kindly provided some photos of their planting day below.

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Hinchingbrooke Academy, Huntingdon

Monday, April 4th, 2016

rse2Hinchingbrooke Academy is a secondary school in Camridgeshire with approx. 1800 students on roll, situated on a large site and fortunate to have Hinchingbrooke House, a listed historical property on their grounds (see right).

Last year they set up a new Student Eco Committee and applied to receive trees from ERS as their first Eco project. In March 2016 the school received 50 saplings from us to set up their own school tree nursery. Rosie Eacott has kindly provided this feedback and some photos from their tree planting event.

“Just thought I would let you know that we had a very successful tree planting event.  Our Eco students were joined by the Town Mayor, representatives from the Environment Department of the local council, former student (also involved in a local archeological tree project), local press, our school’s tree surgeon as well as local Councillors and a representative from the Town Council/Huntingdon in Bloom.”rse











Holme on Spalding Moor Primary School, East Yorkshire

Monday, March 21st, 2016

In April 2013, ERS sent Holme on Spalding Primary School 100 tree saplings to establish a school tree nursery. These were planted and looked after by the school’s gardening club. Three years later, some of these trees have been planted around the school site, but on a recent Saturday morning the majority were distributed to parents and members of the local community, whilst still dormant. The response to the school’s publicity was excellent, with all the saplings being claimed within one and a half hours! Mark Alston has kindly provided some photos showing how the trees have developed at the school over the last 3 years.