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.

New Planting Season 2016/17

December 7th, 2016

iStock_000011304847SmallGreetings and welcome to a new planting season for 2016/17.  We have been inundated with requests for having small scale tree nurseries and wildflower meadows in the school grounds this year and unfortunately, we do not have the budget to accommodate for all the schools that have signed up.  We are doing our best to fundraise for you in order to make sure you will have a tree nursery growing in the school grounds shortly.  For those schools that would miss this year’s tree planting, we will do our best to find the support for next year’s planting.  If the time is pressing and you would like to plant this year, the option is for your school to contribute for the costs that are involved – for further information on this, please e-mail:

It is cheerful news of course that the demand is high.  We look forward to a great season ahead seeing new woodlands branching out across the UK.

Yours in restoration.
The ERS Team.

Park Primary PRU, Bradford

July 4th, 2016

Park Primary is a PRU that supports 42 children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties that are not able to access mainstream education provision. They received 50 tree saplings from ERS to help set up their own School Tree Nursery in March 2016. Deputy Headteacher David Kiss has kindly provided this update for us.

“We absolutely loved planting the saplings and learning about what was needed to keep the trees protected to help them grow and stay strong.

This allowed a lot of the children to gain a practical ‘real life’ experience when planting the trees which was then followed up by class based work learning about plants and trees and how they function. We are hoping that we can create a lovely perimeter with the trees that grow and use the outside space for outdoor learning experiences in the future. Thank you so much for giving us this opportunity and we hope that we can be involved in this in future years.”

Bryntirion Comprehensive School, Wales

May 9th, 2016

Bryntirion comprehensive school received 50 tree saplings from ERS to help set up their own School Tree Nursery in January 2016. Teacher Jon Rubery has kindly provided this update from the school’s eco newsletter for us.

“An area of the school’s upper fields close to the orchard has been designated as a potential new woodland. With backing from various organisations trees started to arrive in early March for planting. The first to be planted included Wild Cherry, Field Maple, English Oak, Silver Birch, a Beech Circle for Mr Curtis’ poetry readings (a few years to wait though!) and some Mountain Ash (Rowan) trees. The first round of planting was undertaken by a small number of the Eco-Committee, split into teams of diggers, planters and labellers, the day flew by; eventually defeated by deteriorating weather nearly 100 trees in all were planted. Each tree was encouraged to grow with a plentiful quantity of mulch, given the support of a cane and wrapped in spiral guards for protection. All of the saplings, canes guards and mulch were very kindly donated by the School Tree Nursery Programme which is run by the Earth Restoration Service, the muscle by a variety of year 7 to 11 pupils and Mr Rubery, all of whom were managed and directed by Gareth Harfoot in Year 11.

During the rest of this year we are expecting to receive further deliveries of saplings. Within a few years the woodland should be self sustaining and should start to alter the nature of the heavy clay soils with cause drainage problems in that part of the school and as such are out of use for much of the year.

The long term plan is to develop an area of indigenous woodland offering shelter, solace and bio-diversity for use in all subjects from Science and Geography to English and Maths.”

Park Hill Primary School, Coventry

May 5th, 2016

Park Hill Primary School received 50 tree saplings from ERS to set up their own School Tree Nursery in March 2016. Teacher Rachael Roper has kindly provided some feedback and photos from their tree nursery planting day for us below.

“Thank you very much for the trees that we received at Park Hill. The Eco team had a great time planting them as part of our meeting and learnt a lot about the depth needed for growth and the reasons for the bamboo and casing that you sent us.

I have attached a few pictures for you of the trees in our grounds. We have planted them in our garden area as we were unable to access our forest  school due to water works. Many thanks again for the trees and the equipment too. It helped us to teach the children about how and why we plant trees in our environment and it would not have taken place without your trees.”

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Virgo Prep School, London

April 28th, 2016

Virgo Prep School received 50 tree saplings from ERS to set up their own School Tree Nursery in March 2016. Teacher Susan Ryan has kindly provided some photos of their planted tree nursery for us below.

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Holy Trinity Primary School, Northwood

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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Lord Walton of Detchant – Our Great Patron

April 26th, 2016

Lord Walton 2016Lord Walton of Detchant was our patron and supporter and he has passed away aged 93 years old after a sudden illness.  Lord Walton gave assistance to ERS to launch our programmes at the House of Lords in November 2007.  The woodlands and the wildflower meadows would not be growing today without his help.  He personally supported the charity every month and was always keen to hear about our latest developments and updates.  All of us have been grateful to have him as a patron and we will miss him greatly.

Here is his obituary written in the Telegraph:

“Lord Walton of Detchant, who has died aged 93, was a leading neurologist and the only person to have been president of the British Medical Association, the Royal Society of Medicine and the General Medical Council during his career; he also served as Warden of Green College, Oxford, from 1983 to 1989.

John Walton originally planned to become a paediatrician but while completing his medical training in Newcastle he came under the influence of Professor Fred Nattrass and decided to specialise in neurology. During his first few years of medical research he endeavoured to identify all of the patients with neuromuscular disease in the North East of England and discovered that many who had been thought to be suffering from muscular dystrophy were in fact suffering from inflammatory disorders such as polymiositis or dermatomyositis with symptoms that could mimic those of muscular dystrophy.”

More here:–obituary1/

Cumnor CE Primary, Oxford

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 


Rewilding Our River

April 21st, 2016

Rewilding a stream in Hailsham in East Sussex, part of the Breathing Waterways campaign from the Earth Restoration Service. Skips were hired (and filled), and gloves acquired. The work was hard, and at times overwhelming. But the true face of the river can now be seen again, she is full with newly planted wild river-flowers, wildlife has also been spotted, and the light reflects on her back as she meanders through the woods, the results can be seen in this little film. As we clear the river, we clear the same detritus in ourselves, what a privilege it is to be part of this work. Please join us next time.

Rewilding Our River from andreas Kornevall on Vimeo.