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Hungerford Primary School Plants Trees to Save the Planet

Hungerford Primary School pupils and staff do their bit for the environment

On Friday 22nd November, Hungerford Primary School took part in the Just One Tree non-uniform day. Just One Tree  is a non-profit initiative set up with the intention of removing CO2 from the atmosphere through global reforestation. They support established reforestation companies, who plant in areas severely affected by mass deforestation such as Kenya, Madagascar, Haiti & Indonesia. In doing so they are aiming to make a positive effect on global warming whilst simultaneously alleviating extreme poverty within impacted communities.  

As well as raising money for Just One Tree, the children had an exciting opportunity to plant their very own tree at school too! 

The Non-Uniform daycoordinated by teacher Nina Pugh, was held just before ‘National Tree Week’ so Hungerford Primary thought it would be a great opportunity to do something practical at school too. Headteacher, David Mayer, had been talking to the Woodland Trust and they donated 400 trees for the children to plant on the school grounds as part of their ‘Free Trees for Schools’ project

The children enjoyed getting their wellies on and grabbing a spade to plant a collection of beautiful saplings including Birch, Cherry and Oak in various places around the school grounds. 

The children were joined by Reverend Mike Saunders, volunteers from the church and by members of HEAT (Hungerford Environment Action Team) to help make this a real community event.  

To celebrate our beautiful countryside here in Hungerford, we were also be joined by local artist Simone Jardine, who was funded through “Arts for Hungerford”, who worked with children from every class to paint a mural to celebrate how one person’s actions can have a positive impact on the environment. The day was a great success and a wonderful legacy for generations to come. 

 

Photography: Stuart March

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