A PRESS BUCKET POST
Just over a year ago, I wrote a post about moving my Christmas tree to the garden of Holy Trinity School in Weymouth.
It's not so much a garden as a series of gardens - with a 'living classroom' (made of growing willow) a pond, an 'edible garden', a greenhouse, a quiet area, an Anderson shelter (!) . . . it's pretty good!
But Holy Trinity is not the only school with a special interest in gardening. Hopefully, it's something that's being re-kindled all over the place. The Royal Horticultural Society has a Campaign for School Gardening, already with 14, 885 members. By the time you click through to the site there may be more. (There's a counter in the sidebar.)
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In June this year, the Queen will be celebrating her diamond jubilee. Mixed in with disputes about whether she should be given a new Royal Yacht as a present, charities and environmental groups are finding their own ways to mark the event.
The Woodland Trust is encouraging people to plant trees - six million if they can (though not each).
The Fields Trust is setting out to protect out-door recreational spaces - sports fields, woodland trails . . .
And, in collaboration with the company Trees and Hedging, the RHS Campaign for School Gardening is giving away 10,000 trees to schools.
Each school will be given bare-root saplings of five native trees:-
Field Maple - Acer campestre
Silver Birch - Betula pendula
Common Hornbeam - Carpinus betula
Crab Apple - Malus sylvestris
Wild Cherry or Bird Cherry - Prunus avium
but they need to register as members of the campaign first.
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If you know of a UK school which might be interested - perhaps you might let it know?
And for the rest of us? The site is a little unwieldy but there's a lot there: what to do in your garden this month (here's January) a link to the BBC weather page (which could well be of interest to people outside the UK too (at present it has information about the impact of snow in Seattle - don't know why!)) . . ..
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Schools have until February 29th to ask for the trees.
There are ten thousand trees - which means there are enough for two thousand schools but no more.
They need to join the Campaign for School Gardening first.
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Life Beyond Gardening.
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