Mini-forests planned for English schools

Saplings planted by students will soon be dotting schoolyards, as reported by this BBC article.

Pupils at city schools in England will plant mini-forests in their playgrounds under a government-backed scheme.

Schools are being offered free packs of saplings by the Woodland Trust, partly funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Overall, the trust and DEFRA hope that one million trees will be planted by 2020 with a focus on urban schools.

The aim is to “bring an oasis of green” into school communities, said Woodland Trust chief executive Beccy Speight.

A pilot group of nearly 800 schools received their packs of one- and two-year-old saplings last week, to plant by the end of the month, amounting to 35,000 trees.

By 2020 government money will have paid for 400,000 trees, with the rest funded separately by corporate sponsors and other partners.

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Children and teachers at Griffin Primary, south west London, planted their trees with help from environment secretary Liz Truss and Forestry minister Rory Stewart.

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