Schools across Wales begin planting thousands of trees

Croesyceiliog Primary School is the first of 100 schools to begin planting trees on their grounds as part of Welsh Government’s ‘My Tree, Our Forest: for schools’ programme.

Keep Wales Tidy are helping schools across Wales plant trees and hedgerows on their grounds to help tackle the climate and biodiversity crisis.

In mid-November, pupils at Croesyceiliog Primary plotted out a section of their school grounds before carefully digging down and planting 60 native tree saplings. Supported by members of Keep Wales Tidy, pupils of all ages took part in the tree-planting process.

“I thought planting the trees was AMAZING, I absolutely loved it. I love being eco and I made a LOT of friends. Thank you for letting me and my friends join.”

Miley
Year 5

“When we were planting the trees, I thought it was really fun and interesting because we planted them differently to how I thought we would have.”

Taylor
Year 5

As part of the tree planting session, Eco-Schools Wales staff delivered a fun workshop to teach pupils how to care for their new woodland and understand why trees are so important to the local environment. Pupils will also have the opportunity to discover more about the role of trees on a global scale thanks to an upcoming workshop from Size of Wales.

“We are proud to be part of the ‘My Tree, Our Forest programme, working in partnership with Size of Wales and Woodland Trust. We have had a fantastic response to this new initiative from schools across the whole of Wales. It is really great to be able to be working with young people to teach them how to plant, nurture and identify native trees and to also understand the positive impact that they are making to support biodiversity and take action for our climate.”

Bryony Bromley
Keep Wales Tidy Education Manager

National Forest for Wales

‘My Tree, Our Forest: for schools’ supports Welsh Government’s plan for a National Forest, a forest designed to be an ecological network protecting nature and creating new woodlands whilst restoring our unique, ancient woodlands.

The National Forest for Wales is not just for schools as Welsh Government, in partnership Coed Cadw, are giving away a free tree to every household across the country. Visit your nearest hub for your free tree.

Would your school benefit from planting a small woodland?

There are a limited number of packages still available. Each one includes either 60 or 120 tree saplings, a selection of tools, two educational workships and practical support from Keep Wales.

Be sure to apply before it is too late! Click here to read the full details and fill out the simple online application form.

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