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.
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.”
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!”
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.
April 4th, 2016
Hinchingbrooke 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.”
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.
March 17th, 2016
Broughton Junior School received 50 tree saplings from ERS to set up their own School Tree Nursery in January 2016. They have planted the trees as part of their plan to create a relaxing nature area for the children on the school fields. Teacher Joe Hyde has kindly provided some photos of their planted tree nursery below.
March 15th, 2016
Lady Modifords Primary, a small School of 68 pupils received 50 tree saplings from ERS to set up their own School Tree Nursery in January 2016. Teacher Anne Williams has kindly provided some photos showing how their tree saplings have been growing well since their planting day with pupils earlier this year.
March 8th, 2016
Ash Grove Farm Nursery received 50 tree saplings from ERS to set up their own School Tree Nursery in January 2016. Teacher Alison Dixon has provided some photos from their tree planting day for us below.
March 7th, 2016
Our new campaign – Breathing Waterways, featuring Andreas Kornevall, Charlotte Still, Claire Whistler, Pete the Pond, Aaron Jangaard, and other volunteers.
The work we did on this river is essential as the polluted water run into the Pevensey Levels (county of Sussex) – a site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), containing many of the UK’s rarest and endangered flower species and invertebrates, all especially vulnerable to pollution. The work is still ongoing and a new restoration date is planned sometime in April. (more later). Thank you all your supporters – the work has begun – lets keep going!
Here is a small film that was made of the day:
Bringing A River Back To Health from andreas Kornevall on Vimeo.