08 Sep 2016

Leisure, Arts, Culture and Events

Volunteers wanted for tree planting in the city

The One Tree Per Child team are looking to recruit volunteers to help maintain and plant thousands of trees across the city.

This winter the community events programme will be planting trees in parks and green space across the city including new woodlands, hedgerows and individual trees. There will also be new trees planted in primary school creating spaces for outdoor learning.

The planting will begin again from November onwards, so for the time being the team have an exciting volunteer programme which concentrates on maintaining existing sites.

Volunteer training from the One Tree Per Child Bristol project officers is being run over the next few months for new and existing volunteers. Now is the time to join in and to get involved in a rewarding and enjoyable project. 

The team is also asking Bristol residents to become Tree Champions and suggest locations for trees in their local area.

During the first phase of the One Tree Per Child project, the team planted more than 39,000 trees across the city, surpassing the initial target of 36,000 – one for every primary school child in the city.

Over the next four years the team aim to plant 6,000 trees per year, working with reception aged children starting at school.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “One Tree Per Child took Bristol by storm – we planted over 39,000 trees and provided tree education all our primary aged children in just three years.

“The new legacy project will plant 24,000 trees across four years, as we continue to inspire young people to care about their local environment.

“This is an amazing opportunity to develop lasting change in environmental education, wellbeing and community engagement.”

One Tree Per Child Bristol is teaching children about the benefits of trees and includes exciting education opportunities for schools across the city. 

As well as the free fruit tree offer there is a range of fun tree based workshops for year 5 children including planting events, school based tree lessons, visits, twinning opportunities and local Tree Trails around some of our most beautiful parts of the city including Brandon Hill, Ashton Court and Troopers Hill.

Since launching in Bristol, One Tree Per Child has now started planting trees in Australia, the Netherlands, Kenya, Ghana, Mali and South Sudan. Tree plantings are also set to begin in Jamaica and the USA.

For more information on how you can become a volunteer and to see our new training programme visit www.bristol.gov.uk/onetreeperchild or email onetreeperchild@bristol.gov.uk