Green spaces review sees Liverpool launch city-wide schools tree planting programme

Liverpool City Council has implemented the first recommendation to be implemented from the city's Green Spaces Review, which called for children to have greater engagement with the city's parks.

(l-r) St Theresa's headteacher Andrew Tremarco, Kai Milner, Mayor Anderson. Image: Liverpool City CouncilTeresa's
(l-r) St Theresa's headteacher Andrew Tremarco, Kai Milner, Mayor Anderson. Image: Liverpool City CouncilTeresa's

It launched a city-wide tree planting programme on Friday, working with seven primary schools initially. The aim is to enable every 10-year-old child in the city to plant a tree within the next three years. The council has teamed up The Mersey Forest and The One Tree Per Child scheme to plant 5,000 new trees by 2019. 

The council is also awarding Tree Champion status to four other primary schools to act as mentors and has identified four city parks for the planting to take place: Newsham, Walton Hall, Otterspool and Alt Meadows.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson visited one of the schools, St. Teresa’s of Lisieux, to appoint it as the city’s first Tree Champion school, inspect its edible playground and join pupils in planting a tree.

Later in the day pupils from Pinehurst Primary helped to plant 50 cherry blossom trees and sow wild flower seeds in Stanley Park.

Mayor Anderson said the project would lead to thousands of children becoming more actively engaged with their local environment.

"Education is the root of a more caring society and a cornerstone to civic pride. Raising awareness of the natural world in such a stimulating way, away from the classroom, is a great step forward and will have huge benefits for our local communities."

The Mersey Forest team has also been working with pupils at St Teresa’s over the past few months, to create a new Forest School Woodland for future outdoor learning complementing the edible playground work already undertaken at the school by Trees for Cities.

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