Children form Gad’s Hill have planted 420 trees in their Forest School, as part of a national initiative to provide free trees for schools and communities.

The Woodland Trust delivered the saplings and Nursery and Kindergarten students are spending National Tree Week planting Silver Birch, Blackthorn, Hazel and Rowan trees, selected to establish food and shelter for wildlife.

Gad’s Hill Forest School Leader, Mrs Lisa Marshall, said:  “We are very proud to be part of the #ForceForNature programme and every child in the school will get a chance to plant their very own tree.

“Preparing the soil and digging has been great fun and given us all the opportunity to learn more about different species and be part of a living legacy for future pupils to enjoy.”

National Tree Week is the UK’s largest annual tree celebration, marking the start of the winter tree planting season.

Research shows that green spaces improve physical and mental health and improve air quality.  The UK needs millions more trees to reach its 2050 carbon net-zero target.

A further campaign, to plant 750,000 trees across the UK, has been launched by the BBC’s Countryfile.  The project is called ‘Plant Britain’ and aims to inspire the nation to help protect the planet and fight against climate change.  It will be running for two years and the goal is to plant 750,000 trees – one for every child in the UK who started primary school this year.

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