School that receives Tree Council grant funding holds week of tree-riffic events
If you’re considering applying for a Tree Council tree planting grant, learn how one school, Weeton Primary School in Preston, used it as a starting point to get the entire school caring about trees!
Every year, The Tree Council provides grants for schools and community groups to plant trees to mark National Tree Week. The grants help schools to lay down roots for a greener future, both by planting more trees and by educating young people about why trees matter.
In 2018, Weeton Primary School was among thirty-eight schools and communities groups which were awarded a Tree Council tree planting grant, and they used the project as a reason to turn the school tree-mad for the week!
To kick off the week, teachers held a tree-themed whole-school assembly on the theme of trees, and why they are important to our environment.
In classes throughout the week, teachers found creative ways to weave trees into every subject. Children learnt how to calculate the size and age of trees using maths skills, and they also learned how to identify different trees using their leaves.
Students also got outside and learned how to measure the girth of trees and had a go at sketching trees. Years 2 and 3 learned how to use natural dyes for crafts, and year 1 learned about the seasons and a spikey but lovable creature that relies on hedge trees for their habitat – the hedgehog.
On planting day, Weeton planted fruit trees and British native species in their school grounds. The whole school came out to get involved. They also invited, parents, grandparents and carers to join the festivities. The fab teachers who organised Weeton’s tree planting project told us 'it's raining but everyone has wellies and waterproofs and there are hot drinks and biscuits for afterwards!' (We agree that hot tea and biccies are an essential element of any tree planting day!).
By planting together, everyone got to learn how to plant a tree in order to give it its best chance at life, and the parents and carers helped to ensure every tree got planted, as it can be hard work!
If you want to have a fantastic tree planting event like Weeton's, consider doing the following:
- Write a letter home to parents inviting them to join the tree planting festivities, and reminded them to send pupils to school in winter-ready gear that they don’t mind getting dirty
- Arrange lesson plans that include learning about trees, from Geography to Maths to English to languages!
- If in doubt - get messy! As you know, students love activities that get them out of the classroom and engaging with nature, and the messier, the better!
- Think about how you split up your volunteer adults so that even the youngest children can have a go at planting.
- Most of all, don’t forget to HAVE FUN!
Around the country, children and young people planted around a thousand trees during National Tree Week in 2018, Want to plant trees for the future? Find out more about our tree planting grant scheme and apply here.
Thanks to Weeton School for giving us permission to share their story: http://www.weeton.lancs.sch.uk/