The Seedlings at Schools project is part of Bettys ongoing Trees for Life work. Ian Johnson, Education Officer at Groundworks, has been busy teaching children about the importance of trees through hands-on woodland themed activities. Here he updates us on what happened during winter…
I have started working with five schools in various locations throughout North and West Yorkshire. Two in Harrogate; Rossett Acre Primary and St. Peter’s CE Primary; one in York; St. Barnabas CE Primary; one in Northallerton; Applegarth Primary and one in Ilkley; Ashlands Primary.
All the schools have made me feel really welcome and I have done a variety of tree and woodland activities with all age groups.
I did seed gathering on the Stray in Harrogate with St. Peters and we collected lots of different seeds which we planted and left outside to hopefully germinate in spring. I planted wild flower bulbs in pots with the reception classes in Ashlands and planted bulbs and trees with Year 2 at St. Barnabas. I have had several sessions with Rossett Acre and Applegarth with different age groups and we have looked at the structure of trees, explored the grounds and created some great environmental art. We have also started to improve the wildlife area at Applegarth with help from parents and pupils.
It has been varied and exciting so far and all the children have been really enthusiastic and keen to take part. It is now the main tree planting period of the year, so I will be looking to plant lots of trees with the schools and community groups.