Our aim is to reverse the environmental degradation caused by human activities such as deforestation, pollution and land use techniques that cause soil erosion. We collaborate with schools, community groups, other charities, business, and government agencies to create a global alliance to address the challenges of regenerating the Earth.
Our Goal with Pines and Needles
With your support we aim to plant 40 small tree nurseries in 40 schools. Which will replenish the local communities with new and vibrant woodlands to benefit wildlife, and people. The cost is £14,000 to plant 40 small tree nurseries, with coordination, equipment and guidance: please help us to make this possible.
Why do we Plant Trees with Schools?
Since the 1930s, more than half of the UK's ancient woodland have been destroyed, and the country has been stated as being among the most nature-depleted countries in the world.
In the past 50 years, 60% of animal and plant species have declined. Many wildlife species are now endangered, with about a quarter of all UK mammals and nearly half of birds facing the risk of extinction.
The School Tree Nursery programme plays an important role in reforesting local communities, while teaching the next generations about sciences, ecology, the environment, climate change and the importance of the natural world.
Not only do we need more native trees in our communities, but we need the future generations to value nature and become its avid protectors.
What is a School Tree Nursery?
A Tree Nursery is an area set up within school grounds, where up to 50 tree saplings of various native tree species are planted and raised. The trees will stay in the nursery, where they are looked after, until they are big enough to be moved and replanted outside the school in the local community.
The children actively participate in the planting of the trees and help look after them in the 2 years following, until they are out-planted in the community. The children can help decide where they finally will be planted and make them part of the grand event!
What are the Benefits?
The benefits are two-fold, as the programme is beneficial for the environment and children alike! The Tree Nursery is a practical programme for genuine wildlife aid by boosting our dwindling invertebrate populations, which support a wealth of other animal species higher up the food chain. For example, one oak tree harbours up to 400 insects! Also, the tree saplings are nurtured in the protective environment of the school until they are mature enough to be planted out in local degraded environments.
Until then, the tree nursery serves as an opportunity for children to learn practical skills, learn about the natural world and have a lot of fun.
What Happens with the Trees?
Once the trees are large enough, which usually will take about 2 years of looking after in the nursery, they are to be planted elsewhere in the community. We want to plant new woodlands and green urban areas in local communities around the UK.