Juliette Colaço, National Schools Programmes Officer, updates Tree Wardens on our national schools work
This month, Team Tree Council welcomed Juliette Colaço as National Schools Programmes Officer. Juliette is an experienced primary school teacher, who is passionate about protecting and conserving our environment and inspiring children and communities to have the same passion. Here Juliette gives an update on the national schools programme.
Our schools programme has truly blossomed over the past couple of years. Tree Wardens across the country have shown fantastic enthusiasm and support for our Orchards for Schools programme, which has now created orchards and fruiting hedgerow projects in hundred of schools. 16 schools were able to take part thanks to the support of their local Tree Wardens, and a huge thank you goes out to the Tree Wardens involved. These schools are:
- St Thomas More’s Catholic Primary School, Bedhampton
- The Vineyard School, Richmond
- St Georges Primary School, Wallasey
- Raeburn Primary School, Merseyside
- Gilbrook School, Wirral
- Eastwick Junior School, Surrey
- St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Wallasey
- Salcombe C of E Primary, Devon
- Radcliffe on Trent Infant and Nursery School, Nottingham
- East Bridgford St Peter’s C of E Academy, Nottingham
- Kenmore Primary School, Perth and Kinross
- St Werburgh’s Catholic Primary School, Wirral
- St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Wirral
- The Mosslands School, Wirral
- St Johns School, Devon
- Town Lane Infant School, Wirral
The schools will be receiving their trees before the Easter break – we look forward to seeing the orchards grow! We are also encouraging schools to celebrate a new initiative called The Gift of Blossom with some fantastic, fun ideas and resources to inspire young people to stop and enjoy the fleeting magic of spring blossom. They can then use these activities to fill their Orchards for Schools gift box, which they are encouraged to then share with another school to inspire their students to join our growing #ForceForNature.
Creating a national #ForceForNature through Young Tree Champions clubs
Our Young Tree Champions programme, made possible by funding from M&G Plc, is creating school clubs to inspire students to stand up and speak out for trees and nature.
We had lots of fantastic applications for the scheme and thoroughly enjoyed reading through them. Thank you to all Tree Wardens who encouraged schools to apply for this new programme. Due to the incredible standard of the applications, we were able to provide all applicants schools with resources. If any schools in your area were unable to apply, please invite them to stay involved with the programme by creating a club account. On this online club space they will have exclusive access to YTC news, training opportunities and competitions.
“We cannot have health and wellness without biodiversity and we believe that by looking after nature, we are also looking after our futures.” Isla, Young Tree Champion pupil.
Thank you again for your ongoing support and collaboration with the schools in your area. Take care and enjoy the longer days and joyful signs of spring!