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A group of school children pose with the trees they are planting

Pupils take the classroom outdoors

by Guy Murphy

Pupils from Sylvester Primary Academy, Huyton will be taking the classroom outdoors on Thursday 30 November when they plant free trees from the Woodland Trust.

The school successfully applied for a small hedge pack of 120 saplings including dog rose, hawthorn, hazel, crab apple and dogwood trees from the Trust after hearing about the scheme from the Woodland Trust Trees for Schools website.

Mrs Hazel Williams, Science Lead at Sylvester Primary Academy said:  “This is a fantastic opportunity for our pupils to be involved in planting and caring for new trees on our school grounds. We love learning outside in our science lessons and will now have a fantastic area in school to support this.”

The Woodland Trust’s Schools and Community Engagement Manager Karen Letten said: “Trees create inspiring learning spaces – natural, sustainable, and dynamic outdoor classrooms where pupils can mix mud with maths and spades with science while connecting with nature and having fun. It’s these lessons that the children will remember well into adulthood.”

Woodland Trust commissioned research shows that primary age children who plant trees felt that they were ‘doing their bit’ to help the environment and remember it as a significant experience.

The Trust has over a million saplings to give away each year, thanks to generous funding by lead partners Sainsbury’s, Lloyds Bank, OVO Energy, DFS Furniture, players of People’s Postcode Lottery, Joules, Bank of Scotland and Sofology.

Schools can apply by visiting the Woodland Trust website or searching for ‘school tree packs’ online. woodlandtrust.org.uk/freetrees