24 Feb 2016

Environment

Tree planting event for Bristol school children

Media opportunity
Friday February 26

Tree planting in Blagdon Woodland
Photographers / camera crews and reporters are invited to attend

Who?
Children from Perry Court School 

When?
10am – 2.30pm 

Where?
Blagdon Pumping Station, Station Road, Blagdon, BS40 7UN

Children from a south Bristol primary school will be learning about nature and the environment at a special tree planting event at Blagdon Lake.

As part of the Mayor's One Tree Per Child Bristol project, youngsters from Perry Court School in Hengrove will be planting trees in the beautiful woodlands surrounding the lake and taking a tour of the onsite pumping station.

They will also get the chance to see fish being fed and hear about the eel conservation work that is carried out at the lake.

Sophie Edwards, Environmental Strategy Manager at Bristol Water, who are hosting the event, said: “Bristol Water has committed to improving biodiversity, so when we heard about the One Tree Per Child project we couldn’t wait to get involved.

“The children will be making an important contribution to the wildlife living in Blagdon woodland, which supports protected species such as bats, badgers and dormice.

“This is a fantastic project and we hope to host return visits so the children help maintain and watch the woodland grow.

“We hope that the trees planted as part of this project will play an important part in the future of Blagdon, providing enjoyment to visitors for the next 100 years.”

One Tree Per Child Bristol is planting 36,000 trees in Bristol; one for every primary school aged child in the city.

The programme is teaching children about the benefits of trees and includes exciting education opportunities for schools across the city. Over 31,000 trees have already been planted in Bristol in the last two planting seasons.

This winter the community events programme will be planting thousands of trees in parks and green space across the city including new woodland, hedgerows and individual trees.

George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol, said: “This is another great opportunity for Bristol children to get up close to nature and find out more about the way trees can improve the world around them.

“Our One Tree Per Child team have been spreading this vitally important environmental message right across the city. They have been going in to schools and engaging directly with children who have been inspired by the process.

“I am extremely proud that this great value project is making a real and sustained difference and I would like to thank our partners at Bristol Water for helping to make this event possible.”

For more information on the project, and how you can get involved as a volunteer visit www.bristol.gov.uk/onetreeperchild  

Notes to Editors

• One Tree Per Child Bristol aims to plant 36,000 trees, one for every primary aged child by March 2016. OPTC was a key part of Bristol City Council’s environmental programme as European Green Capital 2015.

• We are working with all 130 primary schools to give every pupil the opportunity to plant a tree. The programme also includes planting trees in new community woodlands and sites around the city. 

• The project was initiated by the Mayor on coming into office and Bristol was chosen as the global launch city for One Tree Per Child. It is backed by the Anglo-Australian initiative founded by Olivia Newton-John and the well-known Australian environmentalist Jon Dee. 

• It also includes the expansive education and engagement of young people in trees and the natural world, including work to understand more about local endangered tree species and conservation projects. 

• 19,000 trees have already been planted in schools, woodland and hedgerows, this number includes 2,015 specimen trees will be planted around the city to mark Bristol’s year as European Green Capital In addition to the number planted so far 12,000 free fruit trees have been given to local children to grow at home. Most trees will be planted during the growing season, November 2015 to March 2016.

•Bristol Water was an established supporter of Bristol Green Capital. One of Green Capital’s most successful projects has been Refill Bristol, which encourages people to drink tap water and reduce plastic waste. Bristol Water are supporting this project beyond 2015 with the launch of a new app in 2016.

•Blagdon Lake, was created as a drinking water reservoir by damming the River Yeo and flooding farmland. Its construction was completed in 1904. In the 100 years which have followed its creation Blagdon Lake, including much of the surrounding land, has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). It is also a Site of Nature Conservation Interest (SNCI).