All nurseries, primary schools and secondary schools, both dependent and independent are eligible to apply for a free orchard pack which will include fruit-bearing, wildlife-enhancing and carbon-storing trees.
Clare Bowen from the Tree Council said: “We’re giving away free orchard and hedgerow packs to inspire teachers and pupils around the country to get outdoors, plant and care for trees. Teachers will also receive an engaging set of resources, designed by experts and teachers, all linked to the national curriculum.”
“We have selected some excellent varieties for the schools,” adds Steph James of Frank P Matthews, “good cropping, reliable varieties with delicious fruit, such as Apple ‘Bright Future’, Pear ‘Conference’ and Plum ‘Victoria’. It’s a great way for the children to learn about nature and get some healthy free food!”
The majority of schools that apply before 16 November will receive their Orchard Packs in early December, the offer will then remain open until 23 February and all packs will be delivered before the end of March 2021. An application form can be downloaded from https://treecouncil.org.uk/schools-and-education/orchards-for-schools/
The project has been made possible after a successful Christmas 2019 fundraising appeal with the Daily Mail along with the generosity of four major donors – Lord Sugar, Sir Jony Ive, Richard Caring, Vernon Hill and one anonymous donor – plus the donations of thousands of readers.