VICTORIA WELCOMES FREE TREES SCHEME FOR SCHOOLS

Primary Schools in North Oxfordshire are being offered the chance to plant free trees with help from the Woodland Trust.  Children can look forward to planting small groups of trees or hedges, which can provide a wild harvest, or a burst of year round colour.

Over the next four years, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is supporting The Woodland Trust to offer 400,000 British native trees to up to 7000 state funding primary schools in England. As well as free tree packs, protection to help the trees grow and online curriculum resources to support teachers’ lesson plans.

Victoria Prentis MP said: “This is a great opportunity to help schools improve their local environment, enabling children to learn about nature. Trees bring enormous benefits to our environmental surroundings and this scheme will provide children with a unique learning experience”.

Primary schools can apply for a free tree pack by visiting the Woodland Trust Website, www.woodlandtrust.org.uk  or search ‘School tree packs’ on-line; http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/freetrees.

The closing date for applications is September 9th 2016 for tree delivery in November. Any enquiries email learning@woodlandtrust.org.uk.