The Trees For Learning Programme
is about to enter its third planting season with Community Forests all over England set to plant thousands more trees with primary school children.
Funded by Defra, and delivered in partnership with the Woodland Trust, the scheme is part of a programme to support schools to plant 1 million trees by 2020.
The need to plant more trees on a global scale was made apparent earlier this year following the publication of a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which urged countries to plant trees in their billions.
Over the summer and autumn, Trees for Learning Project Officers all over the country have been supporting schools to carry out maintenance on areas planted in previous seasons, as well as follow up classroom based work and curriculum-focused activities with pupils. Now the season has changed once more and the business of planting has begun in earnest.
During Tree Week staff from City of Trees
in Manchester will be donning their thermals and running planting sessions with schools in Salford and Bury. The Mersey Forest team will be planting in Victoria Park, St Helen's and Prince's Park Liverpool. Officers from the Forest of Marston Vale
in Bedfordshire ran Tree Walks to coincide with England's first ever Tree Charter Day
last Saturday and will be planting trees with children with special needs as well as getting ready for their Christmas tree festival. And that's just the first week of the season!
Tree planting will gather momentum throughout the winter months as more and more schools throughout England work together to reach the project's target to plant 164 000 trees by 2020.
To find out what all of the Community Forests have been up to on their Trees for Learning schemes follow @Trees4Learning