THE ROYAL Horticultural Society (RHS) has joined forces with Snitterby based online nursery www.treesandhedging.co.uk to offer 2,000 schools five free trees each, in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
From today until the end of February, schools registered to the RHS Campaign for School Gardening will be able to acquire a set of bareroot tree saplings, measuring between 40-60cm, in exchange for £5.95 postage and packaging.
The set comprises of wild cherry, crab apple, silver birch, hornbeam and field maple. Each tree is native to the UK and has been chosen for its beauty and heritage.
The RHS Campaign for School Gardening launched in 2007 now has more than 14,500 schools and other organisations registered to it.
The campaign encourages schools to develop gardens for use by their pupils as outdoor classrooms.
Jacky Chave, strategic schools manager for the RHS, said, “Gardening in schools is a fantastic way of engaging children in learning; not just in science but in every subject, from history to current affairs.
“We wanted to mark the Queen’s Jubilee in a way that was fitting and would leave a legacy for all. These 10,000 trees kindly supplied by treesandhedging.co.uk will do just that; providing enjoyment for generations to come, while also supporting local wildlife and eco-systems.”
Schools which are already RHS Campaign members will find more information by visiting www.treesandhedging.co.uk, which will signpost teachers to more details about this project.
Schools wishing to sign up to the RHS Campaign for School Gardening need to visit www.rhs.org.uk/schoolgardening – registration is free and once registered they can also access more information regarding the RHS Schools Jubilee Pack of Five Free Trees.