As the name suggests, One Tree Per Child’s aim is that every child plants one tree, delivering the twin benefits of both environmental enhancement and education to boot. They hope to create closer ties between schoolkids and the environment and so far the idea has worked brilliantly. In Bristol, the charity has managed to beat their target by getting 36,000 children to plant 38,000 trees!
HAB’s Chairman Kevin McCloud, who works closely with One Tree Per Child initiative, as well as being a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Foresters, commented, “The schoolkids of Bristol didn’t just meet their target of One Tree Per Child, they smashed it! Congratulations to the schools involved, once again Bristol has shown the world what a real commitment to sustainability means.”
Since starting off in Bristol, in February 2015, One Tree Per Child has started planting trees in Australia, the Netherlands, Kenya, Ghana, Mali and South Sudan. They’re aiming to set up and begin work in America and Jamaica soon.
The connection between us and trees is vital, for the future protection of the climates, health and wellbeing and of course; beauty. And we think this project is a fantastic way of teaching the next generation about the environment. We salute you, tree-mendous children of Bristol!
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