Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Planting the idea of trees for school pupils

It just takes a click of the mouse - and schools across Northern Ireland could be planting their own copses of trees.

The Woodland Trust is offering schools and youth groups the chance to green up their environment with a free pack of 30 native trees.

All pupils will have to do is apply online and get the spades out for a planting session this November.

The initiative is part of the Tree for All campaign, supported by the Environment and Heritage Service, which aims to give every child the chance to plant a tree.

Brian Poots, of the Woodland Trust, said: "Through Tree For All we're encouraging children to get to grips with nature. We hope that teachers and youth group leaders will avail of the 'free trees' offer and in turn inspire their young people to get planting.

"It's fun, educational and hands-on, and is a wonderful way to do something really positive for the local environment."

Trees and hedges can offer a home for flora and fauna, act as wildlife corridors and stock-proof barriers, and provide food and shelter.

Interested schools and youth groups can find out more and apply online at www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/ hedge before September 30, 2007.

The website also provides detailed planting instructions and educational resources. Due to demand, this current offer is limited to schools and groups who have not previously applied this year.

For further news on the Tree For All campaign visit www.treeforall.org.uk or telephone the Trust's Bangor Office on 028 9127 5787.

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