‘Trees for Learning’ takes root

31 October 2018

Ahead of National Tree Week, City of Trees has been sowing new saplings with schools across Greater Manchester.

The initiative is part of the DEFRA backed project to plant 1million trees with primary schools across the UK by 2020.

In Greater Manchester City of Trees will be leading on planting thousands of trees with primary schools connecting children to the trees, woods and wildlife on their doorstep.

City of Trees recently worked with pupils from two Manchester Primary schools - Moston Fields and Wilbraham Primary. Children got the chance to help over 350 trees new trees take root, with many pupils planting a tree for the very first time. Species planted included crab apple, field maple, hawthorn and hazel.

In both schools the new trees were planted to create a hedgerow around a forest school area, where pupils undertake lots of outdoor education activities as well as growing their own fruit and vegetables.

The children had also created bird boxes with the new hedgerows providing an important home for wildlife including birds which is especially important in urban areas.

The team from Trees for Learning will be working with schools across the City region in the coming months. Activity has kicked off ahead of National Tree Week (24 November - 2 December), which is the UK's largest tree celebration annually launching the start of the winter tree planting season.

Beth Kelsall from City of Trees comments; “Tree planting offers a unique hands-on learning experience in an outdoor environment which is especially important in today’s technology-focussed world”. She adds; “Trees for Learning is an amazing initiative which helps children to learn about the trees, woods and wildlife on their doorstep and re-establish that important connection with nature”.

City of Trees are looking to work with schools across the city region whether that’s planting trees on school grounds or working with pupils to help them take root in local greenspaces. Get in touch for more information – call Beth Kelsall on 0161 872 1660 or email beth@cityoftrees.org.uk