With autumn here, we’ve started work on the next phase of our ‘Seedlings at Schools’ project with environmental charity, Groundwork. It’s been fantastic to see thousands of school children around Yorkshire planting trees and learning about the natural world around them and over the last they have helped to plant over 3000 trees in our beautiful Yorkshire landscape.
Ian Johnson from Groundwork, who has been working with the children, wrote a few words on his reflections from the year:
“There have been some great activities and all the schools and pupils have been a joy to work with, taking part with such enthusiasm and dedication.
The schools themselves have wholeheartedly taken to the project and given time and commitment to allow their pupils to take part whilst also working closely with myself to plan and coordinate the activities.
The highlights of the year were the visit to Middleton Woods to make shelters with Ashlands School in Ilkley when all the bluebells were in full bloom; gathering tree seeds from on The Stray with St. Peters School in Harrogate, getting to know trees with St. Barnabas School in York; developing a tree trail for the school grounds at Rossett Acre School in Harrogate and planting the 3000th tree of the project with Applegarth School in Northallerton.”
In the year ahead we hope to reach many more children from a wider area of Yorkshire, as well as making links with community groups working in conservation. We’re also developing resources for teachers and young people to use wherever they are to encourage many more people to get outdoors and get planting.