Five weeks of summer holidays done and dusted. You can pat yourself on the back for all the imaginative and creative pastimes, which have kept your little ones happy and fulfilled.
There’s only one more week left and if you’ve just about exhausted your ideas list, and your budget, we thought you might appreciate some “eleventh hour” inspiration.
Trees are our heroes, our national treasures. At Bettys & Taylors, we are so passionate about trees that we even have our own wood at RHS Harlow Carr Garden. Home to over 1,000 native species, the family-fun Woodland Festival on May 28 will be a great way to celebrate and learn about British ‘hero trees’.
Here’s a little more about our ‘hero trees’ in our woodland.
It's the end of February and spring feels like a long way off. But this is tree-planting season and that means getting out in all weather, says Isabel McKenzie, Ethical Projects Officer at Bettys & Taylors. It's also one of the joys of our local tree planting programmes- Bettys & Taylors staff able to volunteer and witness the powerful connection that happens when young people get outdoors and learn about, and contribute towards our natural surroundings.
We are thrilled to start the New Year by sharing our new Seedlings at School activities pack, which is designed to support primary schools who want to help their pupils learn about trees and discover the joys of their local environment.
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.
Our Trees for Life wood at RHS Garden Harlow Carr has really bedded in over the last few months. Our hope is that the small wood, filled with many of our best-loved British species, will provide an inspiring and enjoyable space to learn why trees are so important to us.
The warmer weather has given local school children who are part of our Seedlings at Schools project the chance to explore and enjoy their local woodlands. In May, a carpet of bluebells adorned Middleton woods in Ilkley and pupils from Ashlands Primary School took the opportunity to visit the woods for a den-building day out.
We’ve been celebrating National Tree Week by getting together with children from St Barnabas School in York to plant trees in their school grounds. Thanks to our ‘Seedlings at Schools’ project with environmental charity, Groundwork, the eco-friendly youngsters planted a mixture of native saplings, which they’ll be able to care for over the years.
As well as planting trees in practice, the children are learning about why trees are so important – both for the environment and for people.
We’re excited to have launched our Seedlings at Schools initiative, working in partnership with local environmental charity Groundwork.
Thanks to all those who support Bettys Trees for Life initiatives we’re providing valuable environmental education to primary school children around Yorkshire.
We donned our wellies to plant 150 saplings at our Trees for Life Wood at RHS Garden Harlow Carr. The wood, which will tell the story of the importance of trees in our lives, is being planted up this autumn with a plethora of young, native trees such as Rowan, Willow, Hornbeam, Oak and Pine.
While much of our tree planting and protection work has been in the tea and coffee growing countries we source from, we have also planted thousands of trees in our beautiful Yorkshire countryside. It's an opportunity to raise awareness of the value of trees and woodlands as 'national treasures' in our home communities - beautifying local spaces and supporting a huge variety of wildlife.
Back in 2007 we planted our 3 millionth tree at RHS Garden Harlow Carr. We’re working with the RHS to create a ‘Trees for Life’ wood which will bring to life how trees and woodland has been and continues to be vital for people and planet.