Andover pupils Plant for the Planet with trees from Earth Restoration Service

224912_948972095136285_4239202888032112059_nPlant-for-the-Planet (PftP) s a UN Environment Programme that trains 8-14 year olds as Climate Justice Ambassadors.

With the support of the local community, community group Andover Trees United hosted its 2nd Academy on Thursday 26th February at The Portway Stadium.

A team of 7 young Ambassadors who trained at last year’s Academy, hosted the day. They were supported by PftP UK Coordinator Wendy Davis and Andover Trees United volunteers in running the event: registering participants, delivering presentations, leading games and activities and managing the end-of-day graduation.

11036086_948978221802339_1058856475305389779_n53 young people aged 8-14 from 7 local schools had signed up for the day. They learned about climate change, the imbalance of carbon-producing nations vs the continents most affected by changing weather patterns and were given the knowledge and the tools to make a difference by challenging the adults of our world to: STOP TALKING! START PLANTING!After lunch the 60 children and accompanying adults walked to Charlton Park to plant 200 trees with the help and support of TVBC countryside rangers. TVBC actively support the endeavours of Andover Trees United and Plant-for-the-Planet.

11048273_948971521803009_1734758268852747316_nThe trees were donated by the Earth Restoration Service (ERS) and UK Oak Doors and have been cared for by Andover Trees United over the past 12 months in a nursery bed provided by the Enham Trust.

After tree planting, the children took part in action planning to generate ideas for taking the programme forward. A team of newly qualifed Ambassadors delivered the closing presentation to the assembled audience and were then presented with their certificates and gifts by their young hosts.

Participating schools:
Balksbury Juniors, John Hanson, Portway Juniors, Roman Way, Rookwood, St John the Baptist and Test Valley