Havant primary school pupils launch campaign to plant trees

Green-fingered pupils from St Alban’s Church of England Primary School in Havant have given the thumbs up to a new campaign to encourage children to collect seeds and plant trees

Oct 3 2023

Hampshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Countryside, Councillor Russell Oppenheimer, said: “Hampshire has an ambitious goal to plant one million trees by 2050, and we want to get everyone involved. We’ve joined forces with The Tree Council to create a fun and informative guide that we hope will inspire children, with the help of teachers and parents, to learn more about how to grow trees straight from seeds, as well as the enormous environmental benefits that trees offer. It also gives advice on how and where to plant your fledging tree, so planting takes place in the right place, at the right time. The guide is available for everyone in Hampshire and beyond to download for free including schools, volunteer groups, and community organisations. I’d like to thank the amazing children at St Alban’s Primary School for helping us to launch this exciting new project.”
St Alban’s Primary is a ‘Young Tree Champions School’, part of The Tree Council’s national network of schools that deliver nature-based projects in their communities.
The Tree Council Chief Executive Officer, Sara Lom said: “The Tree Council is delighted to have joined forces with Hampshire County Council to create the Young Tree Growers Guide, a year on from publication of The Tree Growers’ Guide. We know from our Young Tree Champions programme how much children love to engage with nature, and feel part of its wonder. We hope this new resource will give them all the skills they need to experience the magic and joy of collecting seeds, and growing the next generation of life-enhancing trees, shrubs and hedgerows.”
The Young Tree Growers Guide is available online at The Young Tree Growers Guide. It has been developed to engage the Key Stage 2 curriculum/age groups.
The Hampshire Forest Partnership is coordinated by Hampshire County Council with the aim of bringing communities and organisations together to plant one million trees by 2050. This is delivering a leafy legacy that provides improvements to our environment now and in the future. Find out more and how to get involved visit the Hampshire Forest Partnership website.