Lucy backs free trees for schools

Telford MP, Lucy Allan has written to primary schools across her constituency encouraging them to take up the Woodland’s Trust offer of free trees for planting.


With government support through the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs the Woodland Trust is offering 4000,000 British native tress to up to 7,000 state funded primary schools in England.


As well as the free tree packs for eligible schools, there’s help with finding somewhere else to plant if there isn’t anywhere suitable in a school’s grounds, protection to help trees grow and on-line curriculum with resources to help teachers.


Commenting on the scheme, Lucy Allan MP said: “I have written to all primary schools in the Telford constituency urging them to take up this excellent offer and hope to be able to join some of them in planting their trees later on.


“I’m pleased the government have been able to support this scheme. As well as improving schools’ outdoor environments it also gives children the opportunity to learn more about nature and the role that trees play in our ecosystem.”


Beccy Speight, Chief Executive of The Woodland Trust said: “It’s vitally important children get the chance to plant a tree. We know from our research it’s a memory they’ll treasure for years to come, and often starts their relationship off with the natural world and all the benefits that brings.


“This scheme offers schools which have found it hard in the past, a new way to plant trees, and bring an oasis of green into their community.”


To apply for a free tree pack schools can visit the Woodland Trust website, or search ‘School tree packs’ on-line:


The closing date for applications is September 9th 2016 for tree delivery in November.