Falmouth Primary School

Falmouth Primary School, Falmouth – 300 native trees were planted in their school grounds in a newly established tree nursery. The local press came for the event and here is the article in “This is Cornwall” newspaper:

“More than 300 trees planted by children at Falmouth Primary School as part of an environmental project will benefit the wider community.  In a couple of years’ time, when the saplings are more established, they will be moved from the school grounds to restore habitats around the town.  The School Tree Nursery Programme is being delivered through Earth Restoration Services (ERS), a charity which aims to empower schools to take a practical and educational role in restoring their local area.

Head teacher Clare Smith said: “Each child is responsible for their own tree. They will be caring for them for two to three years and then we will find places in the community that would benefit from having trees there.”

With the help of ERS, the children themselves will be involved in the re-planting, in co-ordination with local council authorities.

ERS representatives work with local authorities to identify the most appropriate places to plant the trees – generally barren areas prone to erosion or flood plains.  Mrs Smith added: “It complements what we are doing with the gardening club and becoming an eco school.  “We are committed to sustainability and we are making sure we are aware we are improving the community, not just the school.

“The children get an understanding of how important trees are in terms of the ozone layer and making the area they live look nicer.

“For them to be involved it gives more meaning to the children.”

Parent Barry Sullivan, who assists with the school gardening club and two mums gave the youngsters a helping hand to plant the trees.