TREES FOR SCHOOLS
Our pledge is to work toward a green future for our children and for the future of our planet.
Greening Wymondham have pledged a tree for every final year primary school child in Wymondham. In the Autumn term of 2021 each pupil received a sapling in a soil plug, suitable for planting in a small garden, for raising in a pot in a courtyard, or for planting in a public area to be sourced with our aid. Each pupil also received a Tree Pledge Card explaining the project along with details of how to care for their tree. The trees were chosen with biodiversity, nature connectivity, clean air and small gardens in mind. Our hope is that pupils will plant their sapling with care, and maybe even a secret message with their name and the date, saying their tree is planted with hope for a green future. You can hear what some of the pupils thought of their trees in the BBC Norfolk Radio clip below.
Trees are essential for the health of our environment. When established they hold carbon, and when they are old and big, they hold huge amounts of carbon, which is good for the climate. Trees and hedges provide valuable habitat for birds and many species of invertebrates. When leaves shed in the winter, they decompose, adding food to the soil and providing shelter for wildlife. Leaves make a great mulch for your garden when gathered and combined with manure. Trees take up water whereas pavements, roads and deforested land can and do cause run-offs and flooding. Trees signal to other trees, and share nutrients with each other too through the soil. Trees keep our planet cooler, and are vital for our future.
We pledge these trees for the children’s green future and for ours, with love and hope.