The Brinsea Green Farm Tree Planting Project is a collaboration between Bristol Water, Kier and Bristol City Council’s One Tree Per Child Project with the aim to plant 1000 trees at the site with help from the Trees for Cities organisation.
‘It is a fantastic opportunity to offer inner city school children the chance to spend some time in the countryside and engage with the environment. The project fits perfectly with the aims of the Southern Strategic Support Main (SSSM) scheme, which are to have a net gain for biodiversity and engage with local communities, especially schools,’ says Bristol Water Environmental Manager Natasha Clarke.
The project focuses on Year 5 children (9 and 10 year olds), and part of the planting includes an educational workshop about the value and benefits of trees that fit in with the National Curriculum around water cycle and other science subjects.
‘We’ve had five schools down to the site so far, and it has been a great success. We focus on schools that don’t have a lot of green space at their school sites and those that are inner city, so we can get kids out who might not have the luxury of spending much time in rural areas. We’ve planted almost 400 trees already, focusing on native species to attract wildlife and provide a valuable habitat for invertebrates and birds. The species include crab apple, hawthorn, blackthorn, field maple and elder,’ says One Tree Per Child Project’s Education Lead John Atkinson.
‘The engagement of the children that have taken part in the project so far has been phenomenal, and it has been an absolute pleasure to see the enjoyment and learning of the children whilst having a positive effect on biodiversity,’ adds Kier Environmental Manager Jamie Edmonds.
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