Press releases March 2014 Oak Tree Primary School – Improving Our Environment.
Year 5 pupils at Oak Tree Primary School took part in a tree planting event and litter pick on the 5th March.
All thirty four children worked in small teams to plant their own tree and are going to look after them, making sure they become quickly established and mature into healthy trees. We are looking forward to eating the fruit in the future!
The funding for the trees was secured from the Greenwood Partnership and the school thanks Nik Wort from NCC, for his support with this project.
All the children had the opportunity to work with Jess Kemp, MDC Neighbourhood Warden – picking up litter around the school site. They collected lots of litter – some of which was thrown onto the school grounds by members of the public. Jess also gave a talk to the children about litter and the impact it has on wildlife and the environment.
This is the third time the school has run a tree planting and litter pick event and has been happy to link this with the International Clean up Mansfield initiative, which is taking place at the beginning of April.
Head Sarah Moore says
“We are so pleased to have the support of the Greenwood Partnership who gave us a grant to buy trees. Planting trees that will bear fruit will help the children understand about caring for trees and our environment as well as healthy living.”
For more information contact Corinna Brown, Extended Services Coordinator email@example.com 0797 424 9449
Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust in school for the day.
Oak Tree Primary School welcomed The Wildlife Trust into school on Tues 25th March.
Ed Tripp, from the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, delivered five nature sessions through the day, focused on helping young people understand why and how we can support local wildlife.
The sessions were funded by Mansfield District Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund, which supports the Trust’s Sherwood’s Historic Heathlands Project.
The classroom sessions were focused on nocturnal animals and the children dissected owl pellets to find out what the owls eat. Six families worked together after school, using a hammer and nails, to put together a nest box. The children took them home to put up in their gardens, to support spring nesting birds. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust have also supported Berry Hill Primary School’s Eco Club build nest boxes for their school grounds and they are also delivering nature sessions at APTCOO and Mind as part of this project.
Ed Tripp from The Wildlife Trust said “It is great to help people find out more about the wildlife in their area and to develop their awareness and knowledge of what is on their doorstep. The Wildlife Trust is the county’s leading conservation charity run by local people for the benefit of local wildlife and we need to let young people know what they can do to help our wildlife”
The Wildlife Trust also supports a monthly ‘Wildlife Watch’ group for young people. The next session is on 5th April. Contact Sarah Spurry, Watch Leader, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 07885 169111 for more information.