By Tony Walley
A major tree-planting operation involving fourteen schools from Stoke-on-Trent gets under way on MONDAY MARCH 23rd.
Pupils from Burnwood Community School, Chell Heath and Weston Coyney Junior School will be helped by staff from the Forestry Commission, who have provided some of the funding for the project. The trees have been supplied by local company Jackson’s Nurseries of Bagnall, Stoke-on-Trent.
In total, 500 trees will planted across the city, helping to offset the estimated 3.5 tonnes of carbon generated by the Climate Change conference in November last year.
Sandon Business and Enterprise College was the first school to plant a tree to promote the scheme.
Before more planting begins pupils will be told about the importance of trees to the environment by members of the environmental regeneration charity Groundwork, who will give a talk to all schools taking part in the scheme.
Weston Coyney school was the first in the city to be given the Eco-Schools Green Flag award while Burnwood school recently received the same honour.
Councillor Joy Garner, portfolio holder for environment, said:
“It is vital that children learn at an early age the importance of the environment.
“There’s nothing more valuable than seeing a tree grow and mature to realise this.
“It’s part of the city’s commitment to becoming a greener, more environmentally-friendly place to live and work, and this scheme lays the foundations for future generations to have that benefit.”
Other schools taking part in the project are:
- Haywood Engineering College
- Mill Hill Primary School
- St Margaret Ward Catholic School and Arts College
- St Mary’s CE Primary School
- Carmountside Primary School
- Maple Court Primary School
- St Maria Goretti RC Primary School
- Etruscan Primary School
- St Thomas More Catholic College
- Crescent Primary School
- The Willows Primary School
Some interesting facts about trees:
It’s estimated that in 50 years one tree recycles more than £60,000 worth of water; provides £50,000 worth of erosion control, £100,000 worth of air pollution control, andÃ‚ produces £60,000 of oxygen.
Two mature trees provide enough oxygen for a family of four.
Hospital patients heal faster, require shorter stays and fewer painkillers if windows face trees.
A fully grown oak in the UK grows – and sheds – 250,000 leaves and produces around 50,000 acorns every year.
By cooling the air and ground around them, the shade from trees helps cool the earth’s temperature.