Last chance for primary schools to get free trees to plant in 2018

By agency reporter
July 11, 2018

Schools wanting to green up their grounds and plant trees this autumn have just weeks to apply for free trees from the Woodland Trust.

Thanks to funding from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), 70,000 trees will be sent out in November, but the deadline to apply is 15 August.

The Trust’s Trees for Schools project manager Vicki Baddeley said: “Although it’s the time of year when sports days are done, pupils are taking curtain calls on their end of year productions and teachers are looking forward to a well-deserved summer break, it’s also time many start thinking about autumn lesson plans.

“Planting trees is a great way to get children engaged with lots of different aspects of the curriculum, whether that’s science, art, maths or English.”

Defra is supporting the Trust to deliver 400,000 free trees over four years to English state-funded primary schools.

Schools can request packs of 30, 105 or 420 trees containing a mix of native species sourced and grown in the UK, including oak, rowan, wild cherry, crab apple, hawthorn, elder and silver birch.

The Woodland Trust can help find sites to plant if open space is in short supply within a school’s grounds.

Defra is also funding the charity’s Tree Tools for Schools resource, an interactive online tool that helps teachers and their pupils plan what and where they are going to plant.

The dedicated website includes games, quizzes and printable worksheets, all aimed at making lesson planning easy. There’s also a section on after care including a simulation showing how the trees will grow over ten years and the management they will need each season.

Everything is curriculum-linked and teachers can search by key stage or subject, making it easy to teach children about the multiple benefits trees provide for people, wildlife and the environment.

Interested schools can find out more and apply for their free packs by visiting www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/freetrees or searching online for ‘school tree packs’. Trees ordered before the deadline will be delivered in November. Applications are still welcome after the August deadline for delivery in March 2019.

* Woodland Trust https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/

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