Year 3 Go Green with Tree Planting Workshop
It wouldn’t be Christmas without a beautifully decorated tree, but if it wasn’t for the hard work of our local gardeners, groundskeepers and conservation charities, our homes would be looking somewhat bare over the festive season.
Luckily, as part of their geography curriculum, and to give the children a broader learning experience, our Year 3 pupils were invited to help the Gothard family on their local farm. As part of their legacy for the farm and as a joint venture with The Woodland Trust and Sainsbury’s, the family are aiming to plant over 2,300 trees. These will be deciduous, native species and will therefore benefit the local environment and help to combat climate change.
Throughout the day, the Year 3 children were taught about how the leafy evergreens would benefit the environment and future generations to come, with the nationwide project aimed at extending the number of trees and woodland areas across the UK. Did you know that the UK is one of the least wooded countries in Europe, with just 13% woodland cover compared with a European average of 38%?
Luckily the weather was on the children’s side and the group were able to plant over 60 baby trees in one of the Gothard’s many orchards. They were also taught how to plant the saplings and how to protect them from animals and changing weather.
Commenting on the day, Year 3 Teacher, Sasha Gompels said: “It was a fantastic day out for us all. The children were particularly pleased that the Gothard’s let them put name tags on each of the planted trees, meaning if we ever return to Slough Court Farm the children will be able to see the result of their hard work.”
Sustainability and the environment is something that we strongly believe in at King’s Schools. At our senior school, King’s College a number of pupils are involved in the King’s Sustainability Strategy (KSS). The KSS is a Monday afternoon activity that focuses on sustainability initiatives such as biodiversity, healthy living, transport and waste.
In 2018, the group carried out a similar task to that of the Year 3 pupils, planting over 30 trees that were kindly donated by The Woodland Trust. Small acts such as these go a long way in helping to enrich the biodiversity of our schools and also help to create new spaces for local wildlife.
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